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Ken,

Unless you client specifies otherwise, I'd recommend that the  code current
at the time that it was built be used.  A building that complies with the
code under which it was built need not be modified though the  code has
changed since.  The building should not be expected to comply with a code of
a date later than the one under which it was constructed.

Nels Roselund
Structural Engineer

-----Original Message-----
From: Deb <kendeb(--nospam--at)maxinet.com>
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2000 4:18 PM
Subject: What code to use


>I have been asked to analyze a house that was built without a permit in
>1984. I have the original plans and have been told that the house was
>built per the plans, the owner just didn't bother to get a building
>permit. This house is in a very rural area and building permits there
>are often viewed as a burden that just isn't necessary. I will be
>inspecting it to verify that it was built according to the plans before
>I begin the analysis. My questions is, do I use the current version of
>the UBC or go back to the version that was in effect at the time that it
>was built?
>
>Thansks
>
>Ken Reed, PE
>
>



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