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The paper provides an overview of the current status in the enforcement of performance- based concepts in the seismic design of buildings in the European Union. The process of adoption of a unified set of design codes (Eurocodes) is briefly summarized, to show how the motivations underneath this process ultimately resulted into a performance-based approach.

The research currently carried out in Europe for the next generation of codes is also presented. It is accepted that performance requirements can much better be defined in the framework of a deformation-based design method. The advantages of a novel deformation- based design method developed in Europe are explained.

Finally, the paper describes the efforts for the calibration of the existing design procedures against the performance requirements. This relates to the definition of damage indicators, the evidence from testing activities and the development of new analysis techniques.

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Authors: NEGRO P, Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety (ISIS), Safety in Structural Mechanics, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: International Workshop on Performance-Based Building Structural Design. Organised by: Building Research Institute, Japanese Ministry of Construction. Held at: Tsukuba (JP), 1-15 November, 2000
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