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New cost analysis published

Cost advantages of Buckling Restrained Braced Frame buildings in accordance with Eurocode study of Star Seismic Europe compares Buckling Restrained Braced Frames to Concentrically Braced Frames as primary lateral load resisting systems from an economical perspective. It investigates the expected total costs of a 3-story and a 7-story steel frame structure for three different bracing options.

The cost study indicates that significant, 30 EUR/m2 saving can be achieved in comparison to a moderate dissipative, q=4 CBF system. Compared to low dissipative, q=1.5 CBF systems, even higher, 86 EUR/m2 and 95 EUR/m2 can be saved in case of the 3-story and 7-story buildings respectively, meaning so significant cost advantages in building construction that may extremely improve design firms’ competitive advantage.

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