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- To: "'SEAINT'" <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
- Subject: RE: Federal building code future
- From: "Jeffery Seegert (x 485)" <jbseegert(--nospam--at)matrixti.com>
- Date: Tue, 14 Sep 1999 09:15:51 -0400
In my opinion, owners are constantly stipulating design criteria. Many of these criteria exceed code requirements. In high wind areas, I am constantly being asked to design residential homes to withstand wind speeds that are significantly higher than code minimums. Many large manufacturing companies are designing their warehouses and factories to withstand loads in excess of code minimums. Many local jurisdictions are adopting their own additions or modifications of the code. The federal government builds hundreds of buildings every year. If they adopt a standard to be applied to all federally funded projects, I'm not sure that there is anything we can do except call our congressmen (they will find an engineer who will design the project to their standards). I'm sure that the feds will lobby with the idea that their standards are stricter than the codes and will use examples such as Oklahoma City to rally their point around. This may eventually effect the existing codes but there are many many engineers and code boards who I'm sure will not sit back and allow the federal government to step in and take over the existing code approval procedure. FEMA is the closest form to an accepted code governing body and yet there have been many modifications to their requirements as a direct result of input and critique from the private sector. One thing to think about is the current research side of code development. It took a very long time before the private sector realized the importance of steel stud/structural wood panel shear wall testing. Then to get the funding from the different manufacturers and technical associations slowed the entire process down (this process has been in effect well over 5-7 years). Federally funded research (this may well be as slow a process if not slower) is much more abundant. This research can be directed and applied to many more areas than private funding may allow.
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