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- Subject: RE: Question for East Coast Engineers
- From: Richard_Ranous/OES(--nospam--at)oes.ca.gov
- Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 11:20:55 -0700
Dennis, I share your concerns regarding the whole issue of conventional framing. When I was chair of SEAOC's Building Code Committee was when changes to the provisions were first being introduced. Interestingly, there was quite a split within SEAOC as to what to do. Some felt passionately that the provisions should be removed entirely, some felt they needed serious change, and some felt just as passionately that they should be left alone. I'm afraid that division still resides within the Association. I do have a couple of positive suggestions regarding the whole issue: 1) SEAOC currently has a project with the California Seismic Safety Commission to develop training materials for building officials on structural concerns. We could request that familiarization with conventional framing concepts and procedures be included within that program. (Note To Allen Goldstein: Is this something which would be within the scope of the project?). 2) I would suggest that the concerns be brought to the attention of building officials again through an article published in ICBO's Building Standards Magazine. This would give you and any other engineer the opprotunity to show (with photographs) the problems. I could see this easily expanding into a series of articles from engineers in different parts of the country and world and the various problems they have experienced. These are the initial steps which need to be taken to raise the awareness of those who CAN change the provisions that there are serious problems and engineers are not looking for "engineers full employment" provisions in the code. You also raised good points on bankruptcy, walking away from damage properties, and homes going unrepaired. Insurance claims to the general citizens of the Northridge area were $12.5 billion dollars. How much of that went to homes conventionally framed I don't know. I do know that a number of apartment buildings went unrepaired as owners walked away from them. The same happened with a number of single family residences. I just don't know the number. The information that I have been collecting on disaster assistance funds to private citizens will be used to generate an article for the Disaster Recovery Journal and possibly Building Standards. I intend to cover the concepts of quality control as a way of reducing potential for damage. This certainly would include inspectors learning about the shortcomings of conventional framing.
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