In a brace + bolt retrofit, the foundation is bolted to the frame of the house, and if there is a crawl space (or cripple wall), it is braced with plywood or OSB sheathing. This helps prevent the house from sliding or toppling off its foundation during an earthquake.
Earthquake Brace + Bolt (EBB) helps homeowners lessen the potential for damage during an earthquake. EBB offers a grant of up to $3,000 toward a seismic retrofit for qualifying older houses. We have helped thousands of California homeowners complete seismic retrofits!
Each year, registration is open for a period of 30 days, during which time California homeowners can apply for the program. Qualifying homeowners are then selected through a random drawing and are either invited to participate or are placed on a wait list.