Free Guide for Seismic Design

In light of impending changes to the Part 9 of the BC Building Code, the Homeowners Protection Office has produced an Illustrated Guide for Seismic Design of Houses. This 28-page resource will assist house designers and builders with new lateral bracing requirements for the code changes effective December 20, 2012. It features:

  • a helpful step-by-step process;
  • full colour, 3-D illustrated graphics;
  • a flow chart and helpful checklist of design requirements; and
  • information on exceptions and trade-offs for greater design flexibility and construction

It is free and available online at

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