Unreinforced Masonry Buildings
Retrofiting brick buildings to meet current codes can protect public safety, preserve historical buildings, and help Seattle recover faster after an earthquake.
Other Earthquake and URM Information
Seattle Earthquake Hazard Presentations
California URM Retrofit Programs
URM Policy Committee
The URM Policy Committee met to address these issues:
- Threshold for retrofit requirement
- When retrofit would be required
- Timeline for compliance
- Penalty or actions for noncompliance
- Incentive options
- How retrofits can be financed
The URM Technical Committee made recommendations for:
- The appropriate definition of “unreinforced masonry building”
- Technical aspects of the mandatory retrofit program, including
- The standard to which URM retrofits must comply
- The size, location, and type of earthquake to be considered in developing the standard
- Building elements to be addressed
- Considerations for previously-retrofitted buildings; how to assess a building retrofitted to an earlier standard
The committee finished their work in 2010 and a final report is available with the proposed retrofit standard.
See our Project Documents page for a complete list of agendas and meeting summaries.