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- Subject: Re: Housing Performance Objectives
- From: Rick.Drake(--nospam--at)fluordaniel.com
- Date: Wed, 3 Dec 1997 7:12:00 -0500
- Cc: Robert.Bachman(--nospam--at)fluordaniel.com
The point is that those who participate in the code writing process have the last say on what's in the code. Participation includes serving on committees, preparing proposals, presenting proposals, and lobbying with the building code officials who have a vote. In the case of the UBC, it may even involve attending the annual ICBO meeting in Minnesota or Iowa. What makes it into the building codes represents the majority opinion of those that participate in the process. If you disagree with what is in the code, work with your fellow members within the system to attempt to change it. If you can build a case that the majority will agree to, your ideas can become code. The 1996 Supplement seismic performance objective was added in response to the public which mistakenly believed that seismic design per the code would preclude damage from the big one. If anyone disagrees with this code objective, a good start would be to write an article for a SEAOC Newsletter, or write a technical paper for presentation at the next SEAOC Convention. By the way, I personally agree with Tim McCormac and Dennis Wish that the code should reflect economic considerations for housing. My comments are just trying to point out that to effect change, we must be willing to go beyond this list server. Rick Drake, SE Fluor Daniel, Inc. _________________________________________ << The point, Rick, is that this objective no longer reflects the needs of society when the cost to repair is as devastating 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 (economics) as well as life safety. Dennis Wish >> ________________________________ > 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.
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