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New Metal Building Design Guide
November 13, 2008

The earth may shake but metal buildings have a better chance of standing when built to earthquake requirements in the new Seismic Design Guide for Metal Building Systems.

First Preventers – engineers, building officials and plan reviewers – prevent harm by ensuring compliance with building safety codes before a disaster occurs. One way to accomplish that objective is to check earthquake requirements when reviewing metal building plans.

Metal building systems are used in many areas of the United States. They are often an economical alternative for property owners because their streamlined building design reduces material waste and makes them easier and faster to build. It is important to address earthquake requirements in metal building systems even in regions of the country not known for rattles and shakes because building occupancy, soil type, and ground motion impact how a building is constructed. The guide puts all metal building seismic and design requirements in one handy resource.

To purchase the Seismic Design Guide for Metal Building Systems (Item 9650S06), visit the International Code Council website at or call 1-800-786-4452.

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