Perhaps this has been discussed before and I missed it. I work in a the
South bay area of Los Angeles County. My problem is there is no consistency
on how the 97 code is interpreted.
Example: The 96 update and 97 code penalizes buildings that use steel
columns buried in grade beams as a lateral load resistant element The R value
is lowered, and apparently for the whole building. An Engineer in town has
convinced the City of Redondo Beach that he only has apply the lower R value
to the lowest floor citing 1629.8.3 paragraph 4. In his analysis he claims
because he is using a higher base shear at the lower level it therfore must
Now a common client expects me to use the same reasoning. Ia at a loss, Well
I guess a fired another Client.
Would someone post the names of the Blue book committe so we can vote them
out of office.
Ken Tarlow, SE