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RE: 97 Code is a Life Safety Standard

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I question why the code writers thought that the seismic provisions required a purpose but Division I, General Design Requirements, Division II, Snow Loads, and Division III, Wind Design do not require a purpose. I prefer the wording of Section 101.2 Purpose. It says it all and is applicable to the entire UBC.

James Allen, P.E.

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From:	Lynn [SMTP:lhoward(--nospam--at)]
Sent:	Friday, September 24, 1999 7:15 AM
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Subject:	97 Code is a Life Safety Standard

Section 1626.1 of the 1997 UBC reads as follows:

1626.1 Purpose.  The purpose of the earthquake provisions herein
is primarily to safeguard against major structural failures and loss
of life, not to limit damage or maintain function.

The Codes failure or success should therefore not be judged by the loss
in dollars, but by how well the number of deaths and serious injuries
were limited.