Mastering Unpredictable Movement – Earthquake-Ready Stairs

Sponsored by Construction Specialties
1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 IDCEC CEU/HSW; 1 GBCI CE Hour; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. List factors that have led to imbalances in design and safety building codes that are defining national, state, and local policies.
  2. Discuss how typical stair systems contribute to structural failure during seismic activity compromising occupant safety.
  3. Communicate the importance of stair safety for occupant and first responder egress and ingress during and after seismic events.
  4. Explain the concepts and benefits behind new technology designed to create movement within stair systems.
  5. Specify new earthquake-ready stairs to protect buildings from seismic movement and increase occupant safety during seismic events.

This course is part of the Mastering Movement™ Academy

During seismic events, occupant safety becomes the highest priority. But, designing for resiliency means we must also create structures that can protect building contents, limit structural damage, and reduce recovery time. This course will explore new stair system technologies developed to drift with seismic movement to eliminate system failure and the occupant and structural risks that often occur as a result.

Earthquake Ready

Photo Courtesy of Construction Specialties, Inc.

EARTHQUAKE ENGINEERING LAB, UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA, RENO Stair concept being tested under earthquake simulation.

Construction Specialties Founded in 1948, Construction Specialties (CS) is a specialty building products manufacturer. CS provides solutions to complex challenges architects, designers, building owners, facility managers, and contractors face every day. Since inventing the first extruded louver, CS has become a global leader in interior wall protection, impact-resistant doors, entrance mats & grids, expansion joint covers, architectural louvers & grilles, sun controls, explosion & pressure relief vents, cubicle curtains & tracks and stairs, awnings & balconies. CS draws upon extensive expertise to design high-quality products—many of which are Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Program. For more information please visit:


Originally published in November 2021