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The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute is one of the newest members of the U.S. Resiliency Council (USRC), a national organization dedicated to improving rating systems that describe the sustainability and resiliency of buildings during earthquakes and other natural hazardous events. PCI Sustainability and Publications Director Emily Lorenz, P.E., will serve on USRC committees involved in developing building rating systems for blast and wind hazards.

According to PCI CEO Bob Risser, increasing the profile of precast concrete construction in the resilient-community dialog through USCR committee participation is a natural next step in Institute members' ongoing commitment to safe, durable, and sustainable building design and construction. "The recent [Gulf Coast] hurricanes intensified the spotlight on an issue that was already a major concern for community planners and leaders, owners, architects, engineers, and the public: the importance of resilient structures when it comes to resisting natural and man-made disasters and strengthening communities," he says. "We hope PCI's membership in USRC will provide an avenue for leveraging our staff's and member companies' deep technical expertise, and help drive the necessary standards and rating systems to ensure maximum life safety in future building design and construction."

PCI producer member Clark Pacific recently delivered the four-story Roseville (Calif.) City Hall Annex, the first building to achieve platinum rating under the USCR rating system. The facility uses a Precast Hybrid Moment Frame, a technology by Clark Pacific that has the unique ability to self-right after a major seismic event. The highest USCR rating, platinum predicts the consequences of an earthquake on a building and projects the performance of the structure during the event, as well as the cost and time of structural recovery and repair.

USRC launched in late-2015 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to establish and implement a rating system for buildings withstanding natural hazards. It initially applies to earthquake performance, but Council members envision the system eventually addressing wind, flood and blast exposure.

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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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