Improved Understanding of Your Building's Performance in Earthquakes and other Natural Hazards
Issued by the USRC, a Verified Rating can be used for
promotional, marketing and publicity purposes to distinguish your building.
Your Verified Rating includes a technical review of each building’s evaluation
by USRC Certified Engineers prior to its issuance by the USRC.
The USRC Building Rating System assigns one to five stars for three
performance measures—Safety, Damage (Repair Cost) and Recovery (Time to Regain
The USRC rating system allows an owner to specify the desired level of performance
rather than accept by default the performance of a building designed to the
minimum level prescribed by the building code.
For a new building, a seismic design that results in a four or five star
USRC rating may add 1 to 10 percent to construction costs, or about as much as
a typical contingency budget.
- Performed by certified professional
- Each rating is technically reviewed
- Transparent – use of national standards
- Credible – designed to prevent manipulation
- Easy for the lay person to understand
- Suitable for public display and marketing
View the Process of
Obtaining a Verified Earthquake Rating Here
Our goal is to have the USRC Seismic Rating Program begin in
late 2015. If you are interested in engaging a USRC certified rater to obtain a
USRC 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.
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