In this paper, results of an analytical study on the non-linear dynamic behaviour of reinforced concrete buildings designed according to modern European Codes (Eurocode 8) are presented. An investigation of the seismic performance of 8-storey regular and irregular buildings is carried out. The study is aimed at evaluating their seismic structural performance with a focus on the influence of several design parameters used in the code affecting non-linear response. Towards this aim, use is made of a suite of spectrum-compatible artificial accelerograms. It is concluded that EC8 provisions, although correct in principle, are conservative, at least for the structures and input motions considered, in view of the very low predicted damage levels observed in most cases.
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