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.
From: Gobo, Gina [mailto:ggobo(--nospam--at)DLRGROUP.com]
Sent: Monday, March 27, 2000 11:05 AM
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
Gina T. Gobo, E.I.T.