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RE: History of conventional wood framing- update

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just reading your posting I have some thoughts.

Most of the type V structures in the San Fernando Valley were
constructed using something called a type V sheet.  Other structures
were designed by Architects, especially custom houses where an
engineer may or may not have been envolved.  Finally a great number of
buildings were designed by Engineers, but were changed in the field,
The contractor having the owner's ear made changes based on the
'bottom line' only.

It was my experience and the experience of other Engineers that well
designed wood framed buildings with well excuted plans, no matter what
the code, performed well. Buildings that sustained the higher rates of
damage were undoublty buildings that were poorly detailed and poorly

That is why fiddling with the seismic factors, multiplying Z's and R's
and etc... is kind of missing the point.

Ken Tarlow

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

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