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- From: Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)engin.umich.edu>
- Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2003 10:40:29 -0400 (EDT)
Verne, First, I am going to be what appears to be a little nit-picky, but that is not the intent...there is a reason so bear with me. So here we go... The UBC cannot adopt anything. The UBC is a document produced by ICBO. Thus, if you want a modification to the UBC then you would have to get ICBO to adopt it. Now, as I said, I don't mean to harp on this just to be picky about it. It is important because in ICBO's eyes the UBC is done, finished, never to be touched again, and cooked to a nice lumpy, burnt piece of charcoal. They have put a "new burger on the grill" (sorry, but I am typing this while a little hungry). It is call the IBC, as I am sure that you are aware. The point is that the folks at ICBO are no longer updating the UBC. They now publish the IBC (along with the folks at BOCA and SBC). Thus, assuming that the 10/lw factor needs to be corrected, it will NEVER happen in the UBC. It will happen in the IBC. Now, I am pretty sure that such a correction has not occurred in the 2000 IBC. I honestly don't know if it has occurred in the 2003 IBC or not. But to be entirely honest, that is for all intents completely irrelevent. That is because the ultimately the folks that decide what the legal code is in California (I am assuming that you are practicing in California and aiming your ire/confusion in that direction) is the STATE OF CALIFORNIA (or the appropriate local/state government that has jurisdiction if you are not talking about California). Thus, if you want the legal code that you are required to use by law to adopt the modification supposedly proposed by SEAONC, then you need to convince the State government of California to adopt it (or what ever local/state governement has jurisdiction if you are not just talking about California). Now, I will admit that getting the State of California to adopt such a change if it has not even been adopted into a model building code is likely more difficult that if it had been adopted into a model building code (again, I don't know if the 2003 IBC had adopted it or not). But, considering that the State of California elected not to adopt the 2000 IBC (against the recommendation of SEAOC as I understand it), you would likely have a tough sell anyway even if the 2000 IBC or 2003 IBC has adopted such a modification. The ultimate point is that you are (to use a tired old saying) "barking up the wrong tree." This means that no matter how many people agree with you, how much energy you expend complaining about it, and how much you try to get the your intended target to make a change, it will ultimately make little difference as your intend target does not really have the ultimate power to make the change where it counts. Thus, if you really want it changed, then I suggest you take aim at those whole really make the change where it really counts...your elected officials. Lot's of luck...I mean that both in a serious "good luck" kind of way but also in a sarcastic view that it will likely be like trying to push a 3 million ton boulder up Mount Everest. HTH, Scott Ypsilanti, MI On Sat, 21 Jun 2003 VerneK(--nospam--at)aol.com wrote: > > If the intent of the 10/lw factor in section 1630.1.1 was to reward long > shearwalls and not to penalize short shearwalls, why doesn't the UBC adopt > SEAONC's recommendation and say that this factor does not have to be greater than 1? > Does the UBC know how much this one omission is costing builders? I'd like > to > get opinions from Building Officials & other code agencies on this subject. > > Verne > ******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* *** * Read list FAQ at: http://www.seaint.org/list_FAQ.asp * * This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers * Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To * subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to: * * http://www.seaint.org/sealist1.asp * * Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at)seaint.org. Remember, any email you * send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted * without your permission. Make sure you visit our web * site at: http://www.seaint.org ******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********
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