Standard plan sets will reduce home seismic retrofitting costs in California

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SACRAMENTO - A joint project of the California Earthquake Authority and the Federal Emergency Management Agency makes it easier and less expensive to protect certain types of homes from earthquakes. The two-volume publication titled  “Vulnerability-Based Seismic Assessment and Retrofit of One- and Two-Family Dwellings” is intended to reduce the time needed for design and permitting of seismic retrofits and increase the number of homes that remain livable after an earthquake. Contractors, architects, engineers and skilled homeowners who are planning to retrofit certain types of at-risk residential structures can order the free publication, consisting of a “prestandard” and several plan sets prepared by the Applied Technology Council, by calling (800) 480-2520 or download them a
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