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Recent developments in seismically isolated buildings in Japan

Shin Okamoto1, Nagahide Kani 2, Masahiko Higashino2 , Norihide Koshika2, Masayuki Kimizuka2, Mitsumasa Midorikawa3 and Masanori Iiba3

  1. Central Research Institute for Construction Technology, Japan Association of Representative General Contractors, Tokyo, Japan
  2. Japan Society of Seismic Isolation, Tokyo, Japan
  3. Building Research Institute, Tsukuba, Japan

Abstract: The Building Standard Law of Japan and related Enforcement Order and Notifications have been substantially revised since the year 2000 to introduce a performance-based regulatory and deregulation system for building control systems. Up to then, time-history analyses were mandatory for isolated buildings and had to be specially approved by the Minster of the Ministry of Construction (MOC). Simplified design procedures based on the equivalent linear method for seismically isolated buildings have been issued as “Notification 2009 – Structural calculation procedure for buildings with seismic isolation” from MOC, and are now integrated into the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transportation (MLIT). Along with Notification 2009, “Notification 1446 of year 2000 – Standard for specifications and test methods for seismic isolation devices” was also issued. Buildings with heights equal to or less than 60m and that are designed according to these Notifications, including base isolated buildings, only need approval from local building officials, and no longer require the special approval of the Minister of MLIT. This paper summarizes: 1) some statistics related to buildings with seismic isolation completed up to the end of 2001; 2) simplified design procedures required by Notification 2009 of year 2000; and 3) performance of seismic isolation devices required by Notification 1446 of year 2000.

Keywords: base isolated building; simplified design procedure; response displacement; response shear force

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