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Section 2211.8.5 is limited to one and two story buildings.

A while back I passed on a custom home where the architect was adamant
about using a seismic resisting system using a "butler" type building
company to "design"-build the frames with tension only bracing in one
direction and bolted moment frames in the other,  based on lateral loads
established by me.

The project got built using another engineer and as expected the seismic
system was extremely inexpensive, half the cost of ordinary frames. Now the
architect wants to use this system on just about every job. Does anyone
have any opinions on the use of this system for custom, high ceiling, lots
of glass, near fault, two story residences?

Jeff Smith. S.E.
phone: (415) 543-8651
fax: (415) 543-8679
email: smthengr(--nospam--at)

Smith Engineering
27 South Park
San Francisco, CA 94107