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Re: WIND AND SEISMIC LOAD FOR STABLE AND BARNS

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next] I would have thought the agriculture lobby would be more powerful in CA. In Virginia agricultural buildings are exempt from the building code. I get paid to tell them that they didn't build it for the anticipated environmental loads when they fall down. Owners, typically countrified city-folk, can be quite perplexed when they find out that there is no oversight for such structures.

I agree with Paul. Unless you have reason to believe that there is very little chance of humans being around in a code-level event, I would not take the unoccupied reductions (Cat I). If more than three horses are involved, or any horses kept for breeding purposes, I would definitely consider it an occupied structure (Cat II), and possibly a "substantial hazard" (Cat III). Not that rich people are more valuable than the rest of us, but their lawyers tend to pretend that is the case. In addition, significant value may be lost in an event, and there are generally no evacuation considerations.

Jordan

Paul Feather wrote:

There are provisions for agricultural buildings, but I would be careful.
Many barns in So. Cal are bigger than houses and have people there
constantly, especially horse barns where the value of the horses can be
substantial.  I would apply the "unoccupied" provisions for agricultural
buildings very judiciously.


Paul Feather PE, SE
www.SE-Solutions.net
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