These Are the Steps Required to Obtain a USRC Verified or Transaction Rating.
Certified Rating Professional
owner selects and contracts with a USRC Certified Rating Professional (CRP) to
complete a seismic evaluation of the building.
CRP Performs Seismic Evaluation
performs a seismic evaluation of the subject building using one of the USRC
approved methodologies contained in the USRC Implementation Manual. The
evaluation is an engineering product produced by the CRP, independently of the
USRC, and the opinions produced by the CRP are solely his or her
You may View or Download the USRC Implementation Manual on the link provided in the Technical Resources page
translates the findings of the evaluation into a three-dimension Rating using
the USRC approved translation methodologies.
Rating and Evaluation Report to USRC
rating is submitted by the CRP to the USRC web
portal along with appropriate documentation , the application fee and the request for either a
Transaction or a Verified Rating.
USRC Performs Technical Review
reviews the submission for completeness and will either issue a Transaction
Rating certificate or organize a technical review for the issuance
of a Verified Rating certificate.
provides quality control in the form of a technical review of the
submitted rating application. In general, each USRC CRP is responsible for the
quality of their Rating, just as he or she is responsible for the quality of
the underlying structural evaluation upon which the rating is based. The
specific details of technical and elevated reviews for USRC seismic hazard
evaluation methodologies are given in the Implementation Manual.
Technical reviews are performed by USRC Certified Rating Reviewers ;
licensed design professionals with at least ten years of experience in the
evaluation of buildings subject to earthquakes and other natural hazards.
USRC Issues Rating
Upon approval of the rating application the USRC will issue
a certificate recognizing the award of either a Transaction or Verified Rating.
Verified Ratings that meet minimum performance thresholds will be awarded a
Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum Rating.
Start the Rating Process Now
If you are interested in engaging a USRC certified rater to
obtain a USRC Rating, or if you are a Certified Rating Professional and want to
apply for a building rating, go to the USRC portal (www.usrc-portal.org). If
you want to learn more about the benefits of a Building Rating, please fill out
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