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RE: History of conventional wood framing- update

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Houses that strictly comply with the conventional construction provisions
of the UBC have historically afforded their occupants with life safety.
However, it is estimated that 75% of the over $12.5 billion in insured
losses in the Northridge EQ occurred in residential construction.  Taking
out the apartment complexes constructed over parking that leaves a
tremendous amount of cracked gypsum board and stucco in low rise houses.
Since these structures comprise the primary residence and single largest
financial investment for a large portion of our population, perhaps it is
appropriate to design them for a higher performance level.

Janiele Maffei