Acceptance of risk due to competing wind and earthquake hazards

E. J. Cha, B. R. Ellingwood

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Abstract

Public and professional attitudes regarding building performance or willingness to accept risk from natural and manmade hazards are reflected in structural design standards. In general, attitudes of decisionmakers towards risk are classified as risk-averse, risk-neutral and risk-accepting. Recent studies have suggested that individuals or small group decision-makers tend to be risk-averse when faced with low-probability, highconsequence hazards. In this paper, attitudes towards risks from wind and earthquake hazards are explored in the framework of cumulative prospect theory to establish a context for how characteristic of losses associated with a hazard affects to risk-acceptance attitude. Design of high-rise commercial office buildings located in Los Angeles, CA and Charleston, SC is considered. A comparison of risk attitudes towards these competing natural hazards reveals that risk-acceptance in the standard-writing community is more prevalent for wind than for seismic hazards.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSafety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013
Pages1221-1226
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 20 2013

Publication series

NameSafety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013

Other

Other11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013
CountryUnited States
CityNew York, NY
Period6/16/136/20/13

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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Cha, E. J., & Ellingwood, B. R. (2013). Acceptance of risk due to competing wind and earthquake hazards. In Safety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013 (pp. 1221-1226). (Safety, Reliability, Risk and Life-Cycle Performance of Structures and Infrastructures - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Structural Safety and Reliability, ICOSSAR 2013).