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Glossary for the GEM building taxonomy

The Glossary for the GEM Basic Building Taxonomy (the Glossary) has been developed as a companion to the GEM Building Taxonomy v2.0 (the Taxonomy). The purpose of the GEM Building Taxonomy is to describe and classify buildings in a uniform manner as key step toward assessing their seismic risk. 

The Glossary provides definitions for all attributes contained in the Taxonomy. The Glossary is intended to be referred to in conjunction with the Taxonomy, and its main purpose is to explain and clarify the meaning of attributes and their details for users. Each Glossary term contains a text description, and most terms contain one or more illustrations (photos and/or drawings). The Glossary includes more than 370 terms and 760 illustrations.