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Re: Residential steel beams

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Jeff don't be surprised:

You have probably heard of the Landers, CA  earthquake.
Yucca Valley is the closest town that had substantial damage, but they are for the most part doing business as usual when it comes to residential for sure.  I have seen  2 story houses that required no calc's  and several one story houses with 8-10' plate heights with wall lines with 50-85 % glass, and maybe one or no shear walls longer than 5 feet.
Accidents waiting to happen.

The other side of the coin they couldn't possibly have another earthquake within the plan checkers life time.   LA had a rude awakening to that fallacy in 94.

Joe Venuti

Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs,  CA