Development of Canadian seismic design procedures for precast shear wall buildings
Precast concrete shear walls show potential for addressing some of Canada's urgent housing and commercial building demands with high quality and highly durable construction methods that are quick to assemble on site. However, there is a lack of knowledge about the seismic design of these systems in Canada, and there are no explicit seismic design provisions for precast buildings in Canadian building codes. In this Alliance-Accelerate project, UBC researchers' partner with the Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) to address this urgent need. The overarching goal is to develop scientifically-backed seismic design guidelines for Canadian precast concrete shear wall buildings. With the need for high-performance systems with affordable construction costs, this research also provides an opportunity for precast shear walls to be a seismic force-resisting system of choice and result in higher performance buildings constructed in Canada.