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I guess I am puzzled by the phrase "alternative to the Building Code." I was under the impression that the Code is written in such a way as to admit essentially all methods to achieve the intent.
For example, if you have a special shear panel that is an "alternative" to what is specifically listed in the Code such as wood structural panels, you can submit it for testing as to what the strength is given a specific method of attachment, etc., so that values in a fashion similar to what you see published in the code itself are available to the designer. But this isn't an "alternative to the code" per se. You're still working toward the intent of the code--resisting lateral forces--and the code itself TELLS you that you can do this (as mentioned in someone's earlier post).
Alternative MATERIALS, but still the same intent.

From: Nels Roselund [mailto:njineer(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 11:29 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: CODES: Evaluation Reports

The ER is not a part of the Code – it allows a particular product to be used as an alternative to the Code.


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