Verified Earthquake Rating
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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 Basic Function)

[Platinum, Gold Silver, Certified badges]


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 only 1 to 10 percent to construction costs, or about as much as a typical contingency budget.

Each Verified Rating is;

  • Performed by certified professional
  • 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


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