Soft Story Buildings
What is a Soft Story?
The term "soft story" refers to a level of a building that has a weaker lateral load or is much more flexible than the one above it, as well as below its foundations or floors (70% or more of reduction from one level to another, according to the modern definition by international building code). This condition can occur with any conventional construction and is generally associated with large wall openings or an exceptionally high crossbar height compared to adjacent floors. These soft stories can pose a grave risk in the event of earthquakes, financial responsibility, and safety.
Why Soft Story Retrofit?
The main reason for retrofitting soft story buildings is to prevent a catastrophe if another earthquake occurs. Other ideas are listed below.