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Re: H3LP REQUESTED: Paper on "Structural Design for Residential: A Comparative Study"

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Bill,

Actually TDI requires that you sign an affidavit that says you (the
engineer) designed the structure according to the wind load provisions of
the 2000 IBC or 2000 IRC and that you (the engineer) have inspected it.

Rand



----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bill Polhemus" <bill(--nospam--at)polhemus.cc>
To: <seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org>
Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 10:36 AM
Subject: RE: H3LP REQUESTED: Paper on "Structural Design for Residential: A
Comparative Study"


>   _____
>
> From: Brian K. Smith [mailto:smithegr(--nospam--at)bellsouth.net]
> Sent: Monday, July 26, 2004 10:10 AM
> To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
> Subject: RE: H3LP REQUESTED: Paper on "Structural Design for Residential:
A
> Comparative Study"
>
>
>
>     You say you have no code enforcement in Texas, but what about the TDI
> and the catastrophic wind insurance program?
>
>
>
> First of all, the TDI program is voluntary. Also, it doesn't require
DESIGN,
> but INSPECTION.
>
> Also, this program just hasn't worked all that well judging from what I
have
> seen. It turns out that if you look at the records of the PE board, a
goodly
> number of structural engineers, acting as inspectors, have been cited for
> "negligence" in overlooking some things that violated the code.
> The code itself is/was a hodge-podge. It was redundant and poorly written.
I
> may be mistaken, but I believe it has since been superseded by the IRC
2000,
> which was "adopted" by the state legislature (but not "enacted," since
> enactment of a building code can only be done by municipalities; the
> builders are scared to death of having to abide by the code even in
> unincorporated areas).
>
> Bottom line: All you have to do is stick some details on the drawings.
Even
> the TDI code is "prescriptive" and doesn't require structural design.
>
>
>
>



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