The seismic isolation code which must be used for all seismic isolated buildings in the United States is conservative in many of its provisions. While seismic isolation is flourishing in other countries, it is underused in the United States. For static analysis and for the selection of time histories, the spectrum is constant-velocity for periods of one second and longer, leading to large displacements for long period systems and forcing the designer to use added damping to reduce these displacements. The damping systems used are hysteretic with the characteristic that damping decreases with increasing displacement. To achieve the damping needed to reduce these large displacements, expected from very rare seismic input, means that at smaller displacements, caused by realistic levels of seismic input, the damping will be very much higher, and there may be stiffening of the isolation system, meaning that the building may not act as isolated and there may be an impact on sensitive internal equipment. This paper shows how highly damped isolation systems are counterproductive to isolation and suggests an alternative approach that will conform to code requirements but ensure that, at moderate earthquake inputs, the equipment remains protected, and the large code-mandated displacements are kept to acceptable levels.