Targeting life-safety is arguably not enough for our modern society and communities. The performance-based design objectives need a paradigm shift towards a low-damage design philosophy with the final goal of developing a cost-affordable high-performance building system, including structural and non-structural elements, services and soil foundation systems, capable of sustaining a design level earthquake with limited damage, controllable socio-economic losses and minimum disruption of business. This paper provides an overview of an EU-funded SERA project, which is coordinating a unique research effort for the development and possible future implementation within the European Environment of an integrated low-damage building system. A two-storey 1:2 scale fully prefabricated and dry-assembled timber-concrete low-damage building with different non-structural systems (facades, partitions, services) has been designed to be tested on a 3D shaking table. The paper provides information on the design procedure, specimen detailing, as well as on initial numerical blind predictions of the seismic response of the Test Building.
Overview of SERA Project: 3D shaking table tests on an integrated low-damage building system / Pampanin, Stefano; Ciurlanti, Jonathan; Bianchi, Simona; Palmieri, Michele; Grant, Damian; Granello, Gabriele; Palermo, Alessandro; Correia, Antonio. - (2019). (Intervento presentato al convegno 4th International Workshop on the Seismic Performance of Non-Structural Elements (SPONSE) tenutosi a Pavia; Italy).