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All of the other technical codes, NDS,
AISC, ACI and AISI, not to mention
NEHRP, already have commentaries. The
fire and life safety portions of the
code have a guide published by ICBO. In
fact, when changes are made to the code,
ICBO prints a summary and commentary on
the changes that is sent to all the

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jake Watson
> Sent: Sunday, December 19, 1999 7:20
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: UBC Commentary
> Just a thought....
> Currently the only "commentary"
available to the UBC is the
> Blue Book (I
> think).  How hard would it be to
publish a commentary similar
> to that in
> ACI 318 inside the UBC?  A teacher
told me once, "don't assume your
> audience knows anything".  If ICBO
assumed I know nothing
> (very close to
> the truth), publishing a commentary
parallel to the code would make
> sense.  It also would force ICBO (and
code writers) to tell us why a
> provision is in place.  Many other
books profess to have
> examples of how
> to use the code.  Most are helpful but
not endorsed by ICBO.  The
> commentary in ACI 318 is extremely
valuable, providing a great deal of
> insight into the intent of the code.
Why can't we do that in
> the UBC (or
> IBC)?
> Jake Watson, E.I.T.
> Salt Lake City, UT
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