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- From: "Dennis S. Wish PE" <wish(--nospam--at)cyberg8t.com>
- Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 15:08:57 -0700
-----Original Message----- From: Rajendran <rajendra(--nospam--at)mail.edumaster.net> To: seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org <seaoc(--nospam--at)seaoc.org> Date: Saturday, September 13, 1997 5:29 AM Subject: Re: BORPELS and residential room additions > >Second, if the city or county or state mandate engineering, the customer >has no choice. > >Rajendran > In most cases I might agree with city or state mandated engineering requirements. However, there is a catch 22 in smaller residential type projects. On the west coast, where the uniform building code is the primary enforceable code, the public is allowed to design and construct based upon conventional framing standards. The building official does not have the authority to deny a homeowner or unlicensed designer from using conventional framing standards without proper justification and without subjecting himself to political pressure from higher authorities. Typically, these are less restrictive than engineered projects. It is my belief that there are inconsistencies within the conventional framing section of the code (section 2326) that would make a structure far more flexible and ultimately more susceptible to damage. Therefore it remains a damned if you do and damned if you don't scenario. The ultimate solution would yield a lost market for engineers and an increase in work for unlicensed designers and contractors with far less control over the finished product. We are requiring structural observation to correct construction deficiencies as well as design problems, yet with increased liability and constant threat of suit, construction standards are destined to take a giant step backward by the voluntary loss of engineers interested in this type of work.
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