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Increase Lateral Support by Infilling Openings

 

Soft story conditions often cannot sustain the forces of a major seismic event. Enclosing or infilling the openings increases seismic strength and reduces the stresses on the walls. Windows and door openings are filled with reinforced concrete or reinforced masonry, which is connected to the existing wall using steel dowels.

Effectiveness:

  • Very effective.

Limitations:

  • May have significant impact on form and function of the building.

 

 

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