The California Residential Mitigation Program (CRMP) conducted a pilot retrofit program called Earthquake Brace + Bolt: Funds to Strengthen Your Foundation in select neighborhoods in Oakland and Los Angles, California. The goal of the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Pilot Program is to decrease the physical and financial damage of earthquakes on soft-story single-family residential houses. A typical retrofit can cost between $2,000 to $10,000 depending upon the size of the house and the amount of work involved. The Pilot Program provides up to $3,000 to pre-qualified homeowners who make simple earthquake retrofits to help protect their largest investment and their loved ones. To qualify for the program, houses must meet the state building code retrofit criteria* for soft-story single-family houses:
- Constructed before 1979
- Built on a level or low slope
- Constructed with a 4 foot or less cripple wall under the first floor
- Built on a raised foundation
* International Existing Building Code Chapter A3 as adopted into California Existing Building Code, Chapter 24, Title 10.
The pilot is currently under evaluation which will be used to inform program expansion efforts. For more information on the Earthquake Brace + Bolt Program, go on-line to www.earthquakebracebolt.com.