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Earthquake Design Solutions

Tested. Proven. Trusted.

In seismic zones, routine construction challenges take on added importance. Hilti has invested in research and product development to help you achieve the earthquake design solutions and approvals you need.

In addition, we’ve developed multiple anchor and firestop systems for seismic applications. And our extensive education and engineering resources put greater insight and knowledge at your fingertips. 

Post-installed anchor seismic design

post-installed anchor seismic design

When you are designing or building in medium- to high-seismic zones—Design Categories C through F—you need more than just promises; you need proof.  Our educational and documentation resources provide anchor system seismic performance and acceptance criteria across a variety of test standards and industry approval resources.

Metal Deck Fastening Seismic Design

top hat design of hilti deck fasteners

Ductility and the ability to dissipate energy under cyclical seismic loading conditions are key concerns about steel deck diaphragm integrity in an earthquake. Hilti mechanical fastening systems for attaching steel decking to bar joists and structural steel have shown superior performance in both areas, as compared to spot welds. (See the accompanying videos.)

In fact, Hilti X-HSN 24 frame fasteners designed for fastening steel deck to bar joists and X-ENP-19 frame fasteners for fastening decking to thicker structural beams are both qualified for design in seismic zones, with ICC-ES, FM, and UL approvals and COLA certificates. They provide installation efficiencies in terms of speed and consistent quality as well.

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    Hilti Deck Fastener vs. Single Puddle Weld

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    Hilti Deck Fasteners vs. Double Puddle Welds