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This report presents the seismic design of a 10-storey Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) building in Vancouver, BC, conducted according to the National Building Code of Canada. The multi-storey condominium consists of 20 apartments for a total floor area of about 2000 m2. First, a preliminary simplified model is formulated assuming the same stiffness per meter for each wall of the building. The Equivalent Seismic Force Procedure is applied and the results serve for a preliminary design of all the major connections that play a significant role on the lateral stiffness of the building, assuming rigid in plane floor diaphragms and well-anchored CLT walls. Based on the results of the preliminary design, a 3 dimensional finite element model is created, describing analytically the modelling approach adopted, and both the Equivalent Seismic Force Procedure (referred as static analysis) and the Modal Response Spectrum Method (referred as dynamic analysis) are applied to obtain the design forces for each wall of the building. Based on the results from the dynamic analysis, the final seismic design of the building is performed and the results are presented for connections dedicated to transfer (i) shear forces from floor diaphragms to walls below and from walls to diaphragms below, (ii) uplift forces for each wall, (iii) boundary forces between CLT panels within the same walls, (iv) boundary forces between perpendicular walls, and (v) boundary forces between CLT floor panels. All connections prescribed to provide ductility and energy dissipation are designed to fail in ductile failure mode according to the CSA 086-09 while connections that should remain within the elastic range to allow the ductile connections to yield are designed with overstrength factor.

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