Earthquake Brace+Bolt

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Program Rules Highlights

For CRMP-Funded and FEMA-Funded EBB Programs 

Homeowners, Contractors and Design Professionals participating in the Earthquake Brace + Bolt programs are required to agree to and adhere to the full Program Rules and Terms of Use posted on the EarthquakeBraceBolt.com website. 

For homeowners these include but are not limited to:

  • Homeowner must use the house as their primary residence, be the owner of record and live in the house that will be retrofitted.
  • The house must be located within one of the ZIP Codes designated by EBB.
  • Only one registration per house.
  • The house must meet the structural requirements of a California Existing Building Code (CEBC), Chapter A3 (pages 125 - 142) retrofit which is done completely in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation.
    1. For houses with cripple walls 4-feet or less, a contractor or homeowner may complete the retrofit using an approved standard plan set.
    2. For houses with cripple walls taller than 4-feet an engineered solution is required.
  • The house must not have a completed, Chapter A3 brace and bolt retrofit previous to being accepted into EBB.
  • The building permit must be received and dated after acceptance into EBB.
  • The building permit must state the retrofit is in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3 or an accepted Standard Plan Set (i.e. Standard Plan Set A or LA City Standard Plan Set #1). If the retrofit is an engineered solution then the signed and stamped letter from the engineer must state the retrofit is in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3.
  • No partial CEBC Chapter A3 retrofits are allowed.
  • Type 2 Qualifying House must be constructed in part on concrete slab(s) on grade.
  • In addition to the brace and bolt retrofit, the work must include strapping and bracing the water heater. *
  • The homeowner must meet all program deadlines and submit the required documentation.
  • If a homeowner chooses to hire a contractor to do the EBB retrofit, the contractor must be listed on the EBB Contractor Directory.
  • If a homeowner is working with a contractor and receives a bid for the retrofit that is more than $10,000, the homeowner must get two bids from contractors on the EBB Directory. If the higher bid is chosen, the homeowner must state the reason.
  • If a homeowner chooses to do the project as an owner/builder, labor will not be reimbursed.
  • The house must successfully pass a final inspection by a local building inspector, confirming the retrofit was done in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3.
  • The retrofit may not receive any other grant funding from any other program.
  • In the CRMP-funded program, three (3) photos of the exterior of the house must be submitted before the retrofit work begins. In the FEMA-funded program, five (5) photos of the exterior of the house must be submitted with a date stamp before the retrofit begins and an additional five (5) photos of the exterior of the house must be taken after the retrofit work is completed and be date stamped.
  • In the FEMA-funded program, pre-retrofit documents and photos will be forwarded to FEMA for review. After receiving approval from FEMA (most likely 2-6 weeks after submission), EBB will inform the homeowner that their retrofit may begin and that they will have six months from that day to complete the retrofit. 

For Contractors these include but are not limited to:

  • Contractors must perform all EBB retrofit work in accordance with CEBC Chapter A3 or Standard Plan Set A or Los Angeles City Standard Plan Number One or an engineered plan.
  • All retrofit work is done completely in the crawl space around the perimeter of the foundation.
  • Contractors must ensure that each and every building permit for an EBB retrofit includes the required references to CEBC Chapter A3 or Standard Plan Set A or Los Angeles Standard Plan Number One for a Type 1 Qualifying House or the required references to engineered plans for a Type 2 Qualifying House.
  • Contractors must be listed in the EBB Contractor Directory to be eligible to do EBB retrofit work. To be listed in the EBB Contractor Directory, contractors must be licensed by the State of California and have successfully complete the FEMA training.
  • Contractors may be removed from the Directory in the event EBB determines that the Participating Contractor has failed to meet the program requirements.

For Design Professionals (engineers and architects) these include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure all submissions (e.g., plans, design, letters) completed for an EBB retrofit are in accordance with Chapter A3 of CEBC,
  • Not be barred by the State of California or the federal government from bidding on, accepting, or performing any State of Californian or federal-government- funded public works contracts, either as a contractor or subcontractor,
  • Demonstrate a commitment to work within the local jurisdiction’s building construction process,
  • Design Professionals may be removed from the Directory in the event EBB determines that the Design Professional has failed to meet the program requirements.

EBB has no obligation to maintain, keep current, or monitor licensing, financial condition, contracts, or competence of any Contractor or Design Professional listed on any directory or any other Contractor or Design Professional hired by a Participating Homeowner. 

 

Read the Summary of Program Rule Changes for the 2019 FEMA-funded EBB Program

Read the full 2019 CRMP-Funded EBB Program Rules

Read the full 2019 FEMA-Funded EBB Program Rules.

 

*Resources for strapping and bracing your water heater: Earthquake Country Alliance