Chapter 8. Improving Earthquake Resistance of Buildings

  1. Dr Andrew Coburn MA, DipArch, PhD1,2 and
  2. Dr Robin Spence MA, MSc, PhD Reader in Architectural Engineering and Fellow of Magdalene College Director3,4

Published Online: 17 MAR 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470855185.ch8

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

Earthquake Protection, Second Edition

How to Cite

Coburn, A. and Spence, R. (2002) Improving Earthquake Resistance of Buildings, in Earthquake Protection, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470855185.ch8

Author Information

  1. 1

    Risk Management Solutions Inc., USA

  2. 2

    Associate of the Martin Centre for Architectural and Urban Studies, University of Cambridge, UK

  3. 3

    University of Cambridge, UK

  4. 4

    Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 MAR 2006
  2. Published Print: 6 SEP 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471496144

Online ISBN: 9780470855188



  • earthquake resistance in buildings;
  • vertical load-bearing elements;
  • peak ground acceleration (PGA);
  • out-of-plane forces;
  • moment-resisting frame;
  • stiff infill panels;
  • base isolation and energy absorbers;
  • jacketing;
  • fibre-reinforced plastic (FRP)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Strong and Weak Building Types

  • Building Response to Earthquakes

  • How Buildings Resist Earthquakes

  • Structural Form and Earthquake Resistance

  • Choice of Structural Materials

  • Codes of Practice for Engineered Buildings

  • Improving the Resistance of Non-engineered Buildings

  • Strengthening Existing Buildings

  • Repair and Strengthening of Historical Buildings

  • Further Reading