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I don't think that it is accurate to characterize the recent CBSC decision
as a step backwards for California building safety regulations.  That
implies that the CBSC decision had the effect of reducing the current level
of safety.  Clearly it does not.  Just because they are not moving forward
(i.e. the 2000 IBC), doesn't mean that they are moving backwards.  It would
be more accurate to characterize the decision as California will be staying
in one place for another three years.

Rick Drake, SE
Fluor Daniel, Aliso Viejo, CA


Shafat Qazi <seaint-ad(--nospam--at)> on 11/09/2000 10:19:37 AM

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Subject:  UBC 1997 for THREE MORE YEARS


Whittier, CA -- On October 25, 2000, the California Building Standards
Commission (CBSC) voted to remain on the now outdated 1997 Uniform Building
Code (UBC) for another three years and not to adopt the new 2000
International Building Code. This vote went against the recommendation of a
committee of experts created by the CBSC (2000 Code Partnership) to study
this issue over an eighteen month period. It also means taking an
unnecessary step backward in California's building safety regulations,
including its earthquake provisions for the construction of homes and other

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