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Existing Soft Story Frame Buildings

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Chapter 93 of the 1999 Los Angeles Building Code covers voluntary eq. hazard
reduction in soft story frame residential buildings.  When this becomes
mandatory, probably the day after the next significant earthquake, I
understand that buildings that have been retrofitted to it in Los Angeles
City should be exempt while those which were retrofitted without using
Chapter 93 will have to be reevaluated.

Richard Hess, S.E.
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Richard L. Hess S.E
Hess Engineering Inc., (714) 828-1365
www.HessEng.com
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