Steps Required to Obtain a USRC Verified or Transaction Rating.
The building owner determines the type of USRC Rating desired: Transaction or Verified. Click below to learn about each rating type.
owner selects and contracts with a USRC Certified Rating Professional (CRP) to
complete a seismic evaluation of the building.
CRP Performs Seismic Evaluation
The CRP performs
a seismic evaluation of the subject building using one of the USRC approved methodologies. The evaluation is an
engineering product produced by the CRP, independently of the USRC.
The CRP translates the findings of the evaluation into the
three USRC dimensions using the USRC approved translation methodologies.
CRP applies for a USRC Rating
The CRP applies for a USRC Rating on the USRC web portal,
along with required documentation, the application fee and the request for
either a Transaction or a Verified Rating.
USRC Performs Technical Review
The USRC reviews the application and will either issue a
Transaction Rating certificate or organize a technical review for a Verified
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
The specific details of the USRC review process are described
in the USRC Implementation Manual.
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
the Contact Form below, and someone from the USRC will follow up shortly.
USRC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and is a leading organization for implementing
and disseminating rating systems that describe the
performance of buildings during earthquakes and other
natural hazard events.