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Re: Do we need new codes every three years?

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Code development is an industry itself currently funded by the sale of new
publications. So the industry is naturally reluctant to publish less often.
However, with the greater use of the internet, free code language may
eventually be in the public's best interest. In California, Title 24 is
currently one of the few regulations that are not available free to all via
the web because the codes are copyrighted by their respective publishers.
However, if codes ever become free, some other funding mechanism would be
needed to support code development hearings, monographs, etc.

In the meantime, the ICC family of codes has adopted a position of
encouraging the use of ANSI standards by reference. Most ANSI standards such
as ASCE 7 currently have a longer publication cycle than codes. Many
standards are criticized for being out of date and quite slow to amend -
hence the present popularity of codes.

Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, 1755 Creekside Oaks Drive Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95833
916-263-0582 Work Phone, 916-263-0594 Fax fturner(--nospam--at)
-----Original Message-----
From: Shafat Qazi <seaint-ad(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint(--nospam--at) <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Date: Monday, May 15, 2000 7:42 PM
Subject: Do we need new codes every three years?

>Dear List members:
>I was thinking, do we really need a new building code every three years?
>Really, I do not see new stuff coming up so fast anyway. I feel that if we
>change the cycle from three to five years, we probably will have better
>codes that will go through proper review process. Plus less confusion in
>our Industry. By the time we get to know the new code, we are then
>presented with a new one. This leaves us open to more errors.
>Your take on it?
>Shafat Qazi, P.E.