>1. Is it appropriate to open our present list to Architects and
non-professionals in the building industry who wish to participate in
discussions related to construction (any type of
Yes, if the discussion is similar to the
present to and fro. No, if it becomes a battle of wills betweeen
parties on different planes of thought.
>2. Should SEAint work with NAHB on establishing a web and
listservice presence so that we can keep issues that involve engineering
closer to home?
The concept of another listserver seems to be adding more
tasks to be handled. If possible this could be woven into the present
one subject to the "No" comment.
>3. The problems we have discussed with conventional framing are
due, in part, to the lack of voting power on the floor of ICBO. NAHB is a
political organization with clout. The NAHB prepared the research work for
AISI which was adopted as the Cold-form Steel design section of the '97 UBC.
This was done with the help of LGSEA but was organized by NAHB. It seems
important to me, should we be able to propose revised prescriptive codes
that we have the support of NAHB who is closely linked to other building
associations as well as the AIA. Because of this, should SEAint take an
active interest in the work done by this organization?
Inclusion of those who have the political
influence into relevant discussion as you do now will at the very least add
perspective to their decision-making. I suggest inclusion first and
then "educate" (?) the lines of influence.
I will follow this thread with interest.