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For what it's worth, the following is from section 1.5.1 of the commentary
of the 2003 NEHRP provisions. Full document at this link.
This is about all the background I have run across on the rationale behind
percentage of snow load and seismic loading. The issue of using part of the
weight for resisting gravity load is not discussed.

Jim Lutz, P.E., S.E.
Earth Tech, Inc.
10800 NE 8th St - 7th Floor
Bellevue, WA 98004


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