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My thoughts also.  Well said.

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Bruce Shephard
NEW ZEALAND
E-mail: bruce.shephard(--nospam--at)opus.co.nz
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lynn H [mailto:lhoward(--nospam--at)silcom.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, 23 February 1999 18:58
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: Re: History of conventional wood framing- update

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> After an Earthquake there are Engineers running all
> over the earthquake zone looking at all the failures
> and writing papers and making Code changes based on
> what they saw FAIL.  
> 
> However, I am of the opinion that an equal amount of
> time should be spent on figuring out what structures
> survived the earthquake and why, and then make
> changes to the Code based on this new information.  
> 
> In my opinion, the Code should provide a minimal
> life safety level of protection, and any Owner
> should have the OPTION to request the Engineer to
> design to a higher level of controlled damage or
> immediate occupancy.  No one should be required to
> design to a standard greater than life safety unless
> they want to.
> 
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