A bill to help communities identify buildings at risk of failure in an earthquake is headed to the California Senate for a final vote; the Assembly approved it on May 31. AB 2681 is the state’s first comprehensive effort to identify seismic risks at the community level since 1986. The Earthquake Resilience Bill would require city and county building departments to inventory potentially vulnerable buildings based on age and other public information and submit that list to the state’s Office of Emergency Services. AB 2681 is supported by the U.S. Resiliency Council, which launched a voluntary rating system in 2015 for a building’s expected performance in a quake. Knowing a structure is at risk of failure during a quake is the first step toward protecting vulnerable buildings that make up much of the state’s affordable housing stock, USRC says.
Calif. Assembly Passes Earthquake Resilience Bill
June 20, 2018