Title: Zero earthquake-damage buildings: the challenge for sustainability and resilience in seismic areas

Authors: Paolo Clemente; Giovanni Bongiovanni; Giacomo Buffarini; Fernando Saitta

Addresses: ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy ' ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy ' ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy ' ENEA Casaccia Research Centre, via Anguillarese 301, 00123 Rome, Italy

Abstract: In the past earthquakes destroyed entire civilisations; today they can also cause huge economic and environmental damage, as demonstrated by the recent seismic events. It is essential to know the territory for careful choosing the sites for new residential and industrial developments, but also to know the existing buildings in order to plan the necessary measures and establish the right priorities, taking into account the sustainability and resilience requirements. Analysis and interventions, in fact, cannot ignore the need of not 'turning mortgage that our children are not able to pay off' by either that to obtain a significant reduction of the damage is also essential to increase the ability to 'recover quickly after a disaster'. Designing 'zero earthquake-damage buildings' is certainly the best solution both for sustainability and resilience.

Keywords: sustainability; resilience; seismic actions; structural behaviour; zero earthquake-damage buildings.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEIE.2018.099363

International Journal of Earthquake and Impact Engineering, 2018 Vol.2 No.4, pp.322 - 338

Received: 11 Oct 2018
Accepted: 03 Dec 2018

Published online: 24 Apr 2019 *

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