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Over of the course of the past 25 years, CUREE has produced a number of reports and other publications for the purposes of furthering civil engineering (particularly with earthquake engineering) for the purposed of research, education and implementation. Provided below is an archive of many of these publications, available for free download.

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CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project

The CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project consisted of coordinated engineering investigations and implementation activities whose objective was to significantly reduce earthquake losses to woodframe construction. The project was funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through a grant administered by the California Governors Office of Emergency Services.

[See complete list of Woodframe Project publications.]

W-29: Design Documentation of Woodframe Project Index Buildings
by R. Reitherman and K. Cobeen; 2003; 258 pages.

Abstract:

A useful way to present results from the engineering analysis and experiementation conducted in the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project has been to analyze the costs of improved earthquake performance as compared to the benfits of lower earthquake losses. Woodframe buildings come in a vast variety of sizes, pan and elevation configurations, and occupancies, and two seemingly identical buildings can also vary greatly in their construction details and quality. To apply project research to specific cases, index buildings were carefully defined. An index building is a hypothetical but realistic archetypical design, developed almost to the point of actual working drawings ("blueprints") that could be used to construct it.

Table of Contents:

Preface
Acknowledgements
Table of Contents

1. Summary

2. Purpose and Background

- Definition of an Index Building
- The Analogy with the Consumer Price Index
- How the Index Buildings Were Designed in the Woodframe Project
- How the Index Buildings Were Used in the Woodframe Project
- Recommendations and Caveats for Uses of Index Buildings

3. Overview Description of Woodframe Construction

- Definition of Woodframe Construction
- Figure 3-1: Skeletal Nature of Woodframe Construction
- Related Wood Construction Types
--- Heavy Timber
--- Log Buildings
--- Single-Wall
--- Light-gage Steel Framing
--- European Half-Timber
--- Japanese and Chinese Wooden Buildings
- Prevalence of Woodframe Construction in the United States
- Materials
- Figure 3-2: Role of Shear Walls in Woodframe Construction
- Foundations
- Lateral Force Resistance Stiffness and Strength
- Prescriptive Versus Engineered Design

4. Small House Index Building Design

- General Description of Construction Features
- Table 4-1: Characteristics of Small House Index Building
- Table 4-2: Variants of Small House Index Building
- Table 4-3: Construction Cost Breakdown of Small House Index Building
- Figure 4-1: 3D Exploded View of Small House Index Building
- Figure 4-2: 3D Cutaway View of Small House Index Building With Detail
- Figure 4-3: Floor Plan
- Figure 4-4: Roof Plan
- Figure 4-5: Elevations
- Figure 4-6: Section
- Figure 4-7: Details
- Figure 4-8: Weights of Materials
- Figure 4-9: Building Weight
- Figure 4-10: Structural Notes

5. Large House Index Building Design

- General Description of Construction Features
- Table 5-1: Characteristics of Large House Index Building
- Table 5-2: Variants of Large House Index Building
- Table 5-3: Construction Cost Breakdown of Large House Index Building
- Figure 5-1: 3D Exploded View of Large House Index Building
- Figure 5-2: 3D Cutaway View of Large House Index Building With Detail
- Figure 5-3: Foundation and Ground Floor Framing Plans
- Figure 5-4: Ground Floor Plan
- Figure 5-5: Second Floor Plan
- Figure 5-6: Second Floor Framing Plan
- Figure 5-7: Roof Plan
- Figure 5-8: Elevations
- Figure 5-9: Sections
- Figure 5-10: Details
- Figure 5-11: Shear Wall / Tiedown Schedules
- Figure 5-12: Weights of Materials
- Figure 5-13: Structural Notes

6. Small Townhouse Index Building Design

- General Description of Construction Features
- Table 6-1: Characteristics of Small Townhouse Index Building
- Table 6-2: Variants of Small Townhouse Index Building
- Table 6-3: Construction Cost Breakdown of Small Townhouse Index Building
- Figure 6-1: 3D Exploded View of Small Townhouse Index Building
- Figure 6-2: 3D Cutaway View of Small Townhouse Index Building With Detail
- Figure 6-3: Foundation Plan
- Figure 6-4: Unit 1 Floor Plan
- Figure 6-5: Unit 2 Floor Plan
- Figure 6-6: Unit 3 Floor Plan
- Figure 6-7: Second Floor and Roof Framing Plans
- Figure 6-8: Roof Plan
- Figure 6-9: Elevations
- Figure 6-10: Section
- Figure 6-11: Details
- Figure 6-12: Shear Wall / Tiedown Schedules
- Figure 6-13: Weights of Materials
- Figure 6-14: Structural Notes

7. Apartment Building Index Building Design

- General Description of Construction Features
- Table 7-1: Characteristics of Apartment Building Index Building
- Table 7-2: Variants of Apartment Building Index Building
- Table 7-3: Construction Cost Breakdown of Apartment Building Index Building
- Figure 7-1: 3D Exploded View of Apartment Building Index Building
- Figure 7-2: 3D Cutaway View of Apartment Building Index Building With Detail
- Figure 7-3: Foundation and Ground Floor Framing Plan
- Figure 7-4: Ground Floor Plan
- Figure 7-5: Second and Third Floor Plans
- Figure 7-6: Second and Third Floor Framing Plans
- Figure 7-7: Elevations
- Figure 7-8: Details
- Figure 7-9: Weights of Materials
- Figure 7-10: Structural Notes

8. References

Appendix A: Construction Cost Data

Appendix B: Index of Contents of Accompanying CD: General Illustrations

Appendix C: Index of Contents of Accompanying CD: Small House

Appendix D: Index of Contents of Accompanying CD: Large House

Appendix E: Index of Contents of Accompanying CD: Small Townhouse

Appendix F: Index of Contents of Accompanying CD: Apartment Building


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