On the general requirements for design of earthquake resistant buildings in the Turkish Building Seismic code of 2018

Güler K., Celep Z.

4th International Conference on Buildings, Construction and Environmental Engineering (BCEE), İstanbul, Turkey, 7 - 09 October 2019, vol.737 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 737
  • Doi Number: 10.1088/1757-899x/737/1/012015
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Turkish Building Seismic Code has been revised after eleven years once more and its application is compulsory since the beginning of 2019. The new code is published together with a new Earthquake Hazard Map and it consists of 17 chapters. Some of the chapters have been revised thoroughly updated, whereas some new chapters are added as well. In the revision of the code, developments in the earthquake engineering and in the building technology are taken into consideration. Requirements related to ground motion are given in a separate chapter by defining four levels of earthquake motion. The code contains the strength design of the buildings as it is accustomed in the previous codes. However, performance based design is highlighted for high-rise buildings and for socially important buildings located moderate and high seismicity regions. The code has new separate chapters for high-rise buildings, coldformed steel buildings, timber buildings and seismically isolated buildings. Furthermore, it has a new chapter for non-structural elements as well. The chapters involving design of steel structures, seismic evaluation of the existing buildings, and structural and geotechnical design of foundations are revised significantly. The chapter on the design of reinforced concrete contains a limited modification as well. However, since most of the buildings are reinforced concrete, this chapter relatively is important. In the present paper, the general design and evaluation approach of the code presented in detail and comparatively by considering the previous Turkish Building Seismic Codes.