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  • AppendixA: Guidelines for the Seismic Retrofit of Existing Buildings

    CHAPTERA1
    SEISMIC STRENGTHENING PROVISIONS
    FOR UNREINFORCED MASONRY BEARING WALL BUILDINGS

    SECTIONA101
    PURPOSE

    [BS]A101.1 Purpose.

    The purpose of this chapter is to promote public safety and welfare by reducing the risk of death or injury that may result from the effects of earthquakes on existing unreinforced masonry bearing wall buildings.

    The provisions of this chapter are intended as minimum standards for structural seismic resistance, and are established primarily to reduce the risk of life loss or injury. Compliance with these provisions will not necessarily prevent loss of life or injury, or prevent earthquake damage to rehabilitated buildings.