The article discusses a calculation technique for a reinforced concrete building with a braced frame on an earthquake. It allows to produce an adequate assessment of a of seismic stability level. A direct simulation of concrete, reinforcement and their binding with the help of volumetric and core finite elements is fulfilled. The paper presents the concrete work chart and considers mathematical models for the material. The authors propose calculation technique of reinforced concrete buildings with the actual reinforcement taking into account. The results of the numerical calculations of structural elements (crossbar) are compared to the field experiments conducted by US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. The article examines the level of seismic stability of buildings with a braced frame, the actual reinforcement taking into account when calculating on a seismic action. © 2016 The Authors.