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The 97 UBC only permits glass block for non-load bearing applications (see
section 2110.1). I would assume this extends to use in shear walls. I
wouldn't count on any capacity.

-----Original Message-----
From: Gobo, Gina [mailto:ggobo(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2000 11:05 AM
To: 'seaint'
Subject: Glass Block Walls

Can anyone make any recommendations, or know of any documentation, regarding
the shear capacity of glass block walls? I am evaluating an existing
building with a wood diaphragm supported by a wood shear wall on one side
and a glass block wall on the other side. The glass bock wall has horizontal
wire reinforcement web at 24" o.c. and 5"X3" steel mullions vertical at
5'-4" o.c.

Gina T. Gobo, E.I.T.
Structural Engineering
DLR Group
Ph. 206.461.6000
Fax 206.461.6049