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>I have heard
>many numbers bantered about, but the current concept appears to be design
>codes and practice expect a 50 year service life for the structures we
>design.
Fifty years and then it collapses? Pull the other one. 

My whole family (3 generations) are living in neighborhoods where all the 
buildings are 50-100 years old. One brother has a place in San Francisco 
that was built in the 1880's; the other has a converted barn in Wisconsin 
that was built before World War I. The Empire State building went up in 
1930; the Chrysler and Wooolworth buildings are older yet. I wouldn't 
consider buying a house that wasn't 25 years old. 

If the current concept allows for a 50 year service life, the current 
concept has its head up its kilt.



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