U.S. & International Seismic Codes

In an increasingly global environment, engineers and other practitioners may seek international seismic code information either for design purposes or as a reference in drawing up seismic regulations where they do not exist. Listed below are selected publications that include various types of information on U.S. and international seismic codes: actual codes, listings of seismic zones, zoning/epicentral maps, seismic histories, and other relevant information. A chart which indicates the resources for specific countries is available for download.

Regulations for Seismic Design: A World List-2004 (update of Regulations for Seismic Design – Supplement 2000 and A World List-1996).
Compiled by the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). Tokyo: International Association for Earthquake Engineering, 2004. 1220 pages. $200 (book)/ $140 (CD-ROM) (plus $25 handling). Available from Gakujutsu Bunken Fukyu-Kai (Association for Science Documents Information), c/o Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Oh-okayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8550, Japan (telephone: +81 3 3726 3118; e-mail: a-sdi@mx10.ttcn.ne.jp).
The Regulations for Seismic Design – A World List 2004 is available both in print and on CD-ROM. The print volume includes the revised and newly introduced seismic design regulations for 30 countries, while the CD-ROM contains 54 countries, with information available in PDF. Among those codes newly introduced are: Ecuador, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, and Chinese Taiwan. Additionally, the following nine codes were revised or translated into English after the 2000 edition: France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Japan, USA, and ISO 3010.
Supplement 2000 (Additions to Regulations for Seismic Design: A World List-1996)
Prepared by the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). Tokyo: International Association for Earthquake Engineering, 2000. Approximately 660 pages.
This supplement contains seismic codes for five new countries, including: Korea, Nepal, Norway, Panama and Thailand, as well as revised and/or English translations of eleven of the 1996 codes, including those for Algeria, Chile, Columbia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Turkey, USA, Venezuela, and Eurocode 8.
Regulations for Seismic Design: A World List-1996 (RSD) Rev. ed. (update of Earthquake Resistant Regulations: A World List-1992)
Prepared by the International Association for Earthquake Engineering (IAEE). Tokyo: International Association for Earthquake Engineering, 1996. Approximately 1270 pages.
This publication compiles earthquake design codes and regulations for 41 countries of the world. Most entries are in English and include such information as scope and terminology, seismic design criteria, seismic zones, and seismic loads. Many entries include maps and diagrams. Newly included are Eurocode 8 and ISO 3010.
Earthquake Resistant Regulations: A World List. This title was the publication preceding the Regulations for Seismic Design. Editions available include 1992, 1988, and 1984. For inquiries, please contact the MCEER Information Service.
Practice of Earthquake Hazard Assessment (PEHA)
Edited by Robin K. McGuire. International Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth's Interior (IASPEI), 1993. 284 pages. $10.00. Available from Dr. E. Robert Engdahl, President, IASPEI, Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Campus Box 390 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0390 (telephone: 303-735-4853; fax: 303-492-7935; e-mail: engdahl@colorado.edu)
This volume summarizes probabilistic seismic hazard assessment as it is practiced in seismically active countries throughout the world. Fifty-nine reports, covering 88 countries are included. Many entries contain epicentral and seismic zoning maps as well as extensive references.
International Handbook of Earthquake Engineering: Codes, Programs, and Examples (IHEE)
Edited by Mario Paz. NY: Chapman & Hall, Inc., 1994. ISBN: 0-412-98211-0. 545 pages. $199.00. Available from Springer New York, LLC, P.O. Box 2485, Secaucus, NJ 07094-2485 (telephone: 800-777-4643 or 212-460-1500; fax: 212-473-6272; e-mail: service-ny@springer-sbm.com)
This book discusses seismic resistant design and seismic codes for 34 countries in active seismic regions of the world. Part I of the publication presents basic theory of structural dynamics as applied to earthquake-resistant analysis and design. Part II provides an introduction to the seismicity and pertinent geological background for the 34 countries that are included, a simplified account of the seismic code for the respective country, as well as a summary of the main developments in seismic code activity for each country. Software that implements seismic codes for the various countries is available directly from contributors. Maps and charts are included for many entries.
Seismic Design for Buildings (SDB) (Army: TM5-809-10; Navy: NAVFACP-355; US Air Force: AFM-88-3, Chapter 13)
Washington, DC: Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force, 1992. 407 pages. $97.50 (plus $5.00 shipping). Available from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Order Number TM5-809-10. (tel: 800-553-6847; Web site: http://www.ntis.gov/)
This manual provides criteria and guidance for the design of structures to resist the effects of earthquakes. It includes the seismic design of buildings, as well as architectural components, mechanical and electrical equipment supports, some structures other than buildings, and utility systems. Of particular interest for those seeking international seismic codes is "Seismic Zone Tabulation: Outside the United States" (table 3-2), which lists seismic zones, based on the 1991 Uniform Building Code (UBC), for many countries (and some specific cities) where military bases are located. "Seismic zone tabulation-United States," (table 3-1) and a seismic zone map for the United States (figure 3-1) reprinted from the 1991 UBC are also included.
International Building Code 2006
Prepared by the International Code Council (ICC). Falls Church, VA: International Code Council, Inc., 2006. ISBN: 1-58001-251-5. 664 pages. Members: $73.00; Non-members: $91.50. Available from ICC, 4051 W. Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795 (telephone: 800-786-4452; fax: 866-891-1695; e-mail: order@iccsafe.org; Web site: http://www.iccsafe.org/)
The scope of this model code covers all buildings except 3-story one and two-family dwellings and townhomes. This comprehensive code features time-tested safety concepts, structural, and fire and life safety provisions covering means of egress, interior finish requirements, comprehensive roof provisions, seismic engineering provisions, innovative construction technology, occupancy classifications, and the latest industry standards in material design. It is founded on broad-based principles that make possible the use of new materials and new building designs, and is fully compatible with all the International Codes (I-codes) published by the ICC. This 2006 edition presents the code as originally issued, with changes reflected in the 2003 edition, and further changes approved through 2005.
International Building Code 2003
Prepared by the International Code Council (ICC). Falls Church, VA: International Code Council, Inc., 2002. ISBN: 1-892395-56-8. 656 pages. Members: $69.00; Non-members: $86.00. Available from ICC, 4051 W. Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795 (telephone: 800-786-4452; fax: 866-891-1695; e-mail: order@iccsafe.org; Web site: http://www.iccsafe.org/)
This 2003 edition of the International Building Code (IBC) establishes the minimum regulations for building systems, using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. Significant revisions have been made to the seismic provisions of chapter 16, largely based on changes incorporated into the 2000 NEHRP (National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program) Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings and Other Structures. In addition, updated standards are referenced throughout, including the 2002 edition of Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE7), which provides the basis for the structural design loads. The 2003 edition is fully compatible with the entire set of international codes published by the International Code Council (ICC) and is available for adoption and use by jurisdictions internationally.
Uniform Building Code: Structural Engineering Design Provisions (UBC)
Prepared by Pasadena, CA: International Conference of Building Officials, 1997. ISBN: 1-884590-94-2. Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Members: $181.50; Non-members, $227.00. Available from ICC, 4051 W. Flossmoor Road, Country Club Hills, IL 60478-5795 (telephone: 800-786-4452; fax: 866-891-1695; e-mail: order@iccsafe.org; Web site: http://www.iccsafe.org/)
Chapter 16, Division IV-Earthquake Design in volume 2 of the UBC provides specifications for earthquake resistant design and a seismic zone map for the United States. Of particular interest for those seeking international code information is a listing in the appendix to Chapter 16: Division III-Seismic Zone Tabulation on pages 2-401 to 2-404 which provides recently updated seismic zone information for many places located outside of the United States. This international code information is also located in volume 1, in the Excerpts from Appendix Chapter 16: Division III-Seismic Zone Tabulation, on pages 1-338 to 1-341. This excerpt does not contain the specifications for earthquake resistant design or the seismic zone map of the United States.