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Wood Shear Walls Bracing Masonry

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The 12 foot limitation first appeared in the 1988 UBC.  Prior to that wood diaphragms were only permitted to brace walls in one story buildings (ie. roof diapragms only).  This code change allowed wood diaphragms in two story buildings (roof and floor) subject to the enumerated limitations.  Unless you are designing a two story building it does not apply.

Bob Bossi