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The point, Rick, is that this objective no longer reflects the needs of
society when the cost to repair is as devestating to a family as injury.
Rather than simply accept a supplemental explanation for the code, we need
to work on a new philosophy behind conventional framing methods. These need
to be based upon damage reduction (ecconomics) as well as life safety.


-----Original Message-----
From: Rick.Drake(--nospam--at) <Rick.Drake(--nospam--at)>
To: seaoc(--nospam--at) <seaoc(--nospam--at)>
Date: Tuesday, December 02, 1997 1:08 PM
Subject: Re: Housing Performance Objectives

>     I believe that the code writers tried to better define the seismic
>     performance objectives in the 1996 UBC Supplement, Section 1624.1,
>     which states "The purpose of the earthquake provisions herein is
>     primarily to safeguard against major structural failures and loss of
>     life, not to limit damage or maintain function."
>     Rick Drake, SE
>     Fluor Daniel, Inc.