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ICBO does publish a commentary on the code, entitled "Handbook to the
Uniform Building Code".  I have a 1991 version but ICBO lists 1994 and 1997
versions as well.  However regarding seismic design, the commentary is a
simple reference to the SEAOC Recommended Lateral Force Requirements (Blue

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Roger Turk [mailto:73527.1356(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Sunday, December 19, 1999 10:35 PM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)
> Subject: UBC Commentary
> Jake,
> The closest that ICBO comes to printing a "commentary" is their 
> "interpretations" book that is now called "applications."  
> "Interpretations" 
> (or "applications") is also published in "Building Standards" 
> magazine.
> In the past, the only people that could get "interpretations" 
> from ICBO were 
> their Class A members (building officials of the larger 
> jurisdictions).  
> Architects, engineers, and members other than Class A members 
> could not get 
> interpretations (I have tried).
> A. Roger Turk, P.E.(Structural)
> Tucson, Arizona
> Jake Watson wrote:
> >>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.<<