Building the Performance You Need: A Guide to State-Of-The-Art Tools for Seismic Design and Assessment [open pdf - 16MB]
From the Executive Summary: "This Guide presents information project managers and decision-makers need to know to use a performance-based approach for seismic design and assessment. A building project that uses performance-based seismic design and assessment methods is essentially the same as a typical project, but with a few key differences. This Guide provides an overview of decisions, steps, and implications associated with using a performance-based approach. It covers:  When and why to use a performance-based approach;  How a performance-based approach varies from a conventional approach;  The types of projects a performance-based approach can be used for, and varying ways it can be used;  How to assemble a knowledgeable and effective team;  How to determine earthquake performance goals for a particular project; and  Cost implications of using a performance-based approach[.] This Guide focuses solely on performance-based methods for managing the earthquake risk of buildings, but similar approaches can be used for other threats, such as severe storms, flooding, or fire."
FEMA P-58-7; Federal Emergency Management Agency P-58-7
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/