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Simplification of seismic design provisions for buildings is desirable for anyone who uses the seismic provisions of the building code, including structural engineers and local building officials. This goal has been explored in various ways over decades through efforts supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of its responsibilities under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) through the FEMA-funded NEHRP Provisions Update Committee as well as through other code development organizations such as the American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute (ASCE/SEI) 7 Seismic Subcommittee, as summarized in the Appendix of this document.
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