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  • APPENDIXL
    EARTHQUAKE RECORDING INSTRUMENTATION

    The provisions contained in this appendix are not mandatory unless specifically referenced in the adopting ordinance.
    User note: Code change proposals to this appendix will be considered by the IBC – Structural Code
    Development Committee during the 2016 (Group B) Code Development Cycle. See explanation on page iv.

    SECTIONL101
    GENERAL

    L101.1 General.

    Every structure located where the 1-second spectral response acceleration, S1, in accordance with Section 1613.3 is greater than 0.40 that either 1 exceeds six stories in height with an aggregate floor area of 60,000 square feet (5574 m2) or more, or 2 exceeds 10 stories in height regardless of floor area, shall be equipped with not less than three approved recording accelerographs. The accelerographs shall be interconnected for common start and common timing.

    L101.2 Location.

    As a minimum, instruments shall be located at the lowest level, mid-height, and near the top of the structure. Each instrument shall be located so that access is maintained at all times and is unobstructed by room contents. A sign stating “MAINTAIN CLEAR ACCESS TO THIS INSTRUMENT” in 1-inch (25 mm) block letters shall be posted in a conspicuous location.

    L101.3 Maintenance.

    Maintenance and service of the instrumentation shall be provided by the owner of the structure. Data produced by the instrument shall be made available to the building official on request.

    Maintenance and service of the instruments shall be performed annually by an approved testing agency. The owner shall file with the building official a written report from an approved testing agency certifying that each instrument has been serviced and is in proper working condition. This report shall be submitted when the instruments are installed and annually thereafter. Each instrument shall have affixed to it an externally visible tag specifying the date of the last maintenance or service and the printed name and address of the testing agency.