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The UBC contained provisions for aluminum design, but with the code merger and the lack of representation by the aluminum industry, there are very few "building code" provisions in ASCE or IBC. There is a 2005 Aluminum Design Manual due out soon, and they too have gutted the seismic and wind provisions. When it comes to designing in aluminum, you must use first principles. For wind and snow it is not a big deal. For seismic design, you should assume a linear performance for a brittle material. That said, getting it through a plan checker might be problematic.

Harold Sprague

From: "John J. Treff" <jjtreff(--nospam--at)>
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To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: aluminum design
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2005 23:48:21 +0000

Is there such a thing as "American Institute of Aluminum Construction"? If there isn't, can any of you tell me who's the authority in the US for aluminum design? Is there a code for it?

Thank you,


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