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Re: Residential Design Discussions

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FYI - The Los Angeles Regional Uniform Code Program recently developed
recommended amendments for local governments to consider adopting as the
state switches to the 2002 California Building Code. One of those
recommendations, LARUCP UNIFORM POLICY 3, recommends for Section 1630.1.1
Earthquake loads: The value of the ratio of 10/lw need not be greater than
1.0 for light-frame walls.

If you want to do something constructive, write an email or letter to your
local building official encouraging them to advocate adoption of this policy
in their jurisdiction.

On a Statewide note, the California Building Standards Commission's Seismic
Committee plans to meet Oct 17th to discuss issues surrounding outdated
seismic provisions in the 2002 California Building Code. The Committee can
make recommendations to the Commission. A time and location have not been
advertised yet.

Fred Turner, Staff Structural Engineer, California Seismic Safety
Commission, a public policy advisory agency, fturner(--nospam--at), 1755
Creekside Oaks Dr. #100 Sacramento, CA 95833 916-263-0582 Phone 916-263-0594

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