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The ICC (International Code Council) recently finished the hearings for
structural code changes proposed for the 2000 IBC. This is the first year of
the 3-year cycle. All changes approved during the period of 2000-2002 will
get incorporated to the 2003 IBC. 

Anyway, one proposal, which might be of interest to some of you in seismic
regions, was the redundancy coefficient for lightframed building. The
proposed change would state that the value of 10/Lw need not be taken as
greater than 1.0 for lightframed shear walls when calculating the r
coefficient.

For more details on the proposals and results of the hearing check out 

http://www.intlcode.org/codes/mono2000/ibc-s.pdf
<http://www.intlcode.org/codes/mono2000/ibc-s.pdf> 

http://WWW.ICBO.ORG/Code_Talk/2000_Hearings/ibcs.html
<http://WWW.ICBO.ORG/Code_Talk/2000_Hearings/ibcs.html> 

Ben Yousefi, SE
San Jose, CA