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RE: Question for East Coast Engineers

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Bill's reply, less the sarcasm, is pretty close.  Building Officials have a
problem with any group who propose code provisions which are intended to
force the public into hiring the proponent in order to comply with the code
provision.

In the case of conventional framing, engineers are not required to design
the structure provided the code provisions are followed.  There is a
provision which allows the building official to require parts of a
conventionally framed structure to be designed by an engineer.  For us to
present a code change which results in more of these structures requiring
design by an engineer would be considered as an "engineers full employment"
provision.  In other words, the provisions are self-serving.