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Reinforce Building Using Shear Walls

While crosswalls limit the movement of walls and absorb energy, shear walls limit stresses in walls and absorb force. In some cases, an existing interior wall can be modified to act as a shear wall or be used as a form for a shotcrete shear wall. 

Effectiveness:

  • Very effective for increasing earthquake resistance and reducing damage.

Limitations:

  • A new shear wall should be supported on a new reinforced concrete footing.

 

 

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