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Provide for Clearance Between Rigid Wall Panels

During an earthquake, rigid wall panels attached to the exterior of steel-framed structures can be damaged due to insufficient flexibility in the connections to the frame. Connections can be modified to allow such flexibility to accommodate earthquake forces. The wall panel should be rigidly attached at the base and then held with a flexible rod at the top. 

Effectiveness:

Somewhat to very effective depending on the existing building condition.

 

 

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