Some of the detailing rules in Section 5 for beams, columns and walls are prescriptive and originate from the tradition of earthquake-resistant design in the different seismic regions of Europe. The most important of the detailing and special dimensioning rules, though, have a rational basis. These rules and their justification/derivation are given in the following sections. Prescriptive detailing rules in Section 5 are overall slightly stricter than those provided by US codes39'40 for the corresponding ductility class (with 'Intermediate' considered to correspond to DCM and 'Special' to DCH). Rules for anchorage of beam bars at or through beam-column joints are more detailed and more demanding than in US codes.

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