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RE: Designing "Window Walls" per the 2003 IRC

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Scope of IRC is wind speed less than 110 mph.  For higher wind speeds, other prescriptive documents might be used.
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From: Roger Davis [mailto:rdavis(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 14:26
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: Designing "Window Walls" per the 2003 IRC

I don’t know what is in the IRC but Conventional Light Frame Construction in IBC 2308 is only allowed with 3 second gust wind load up to 100 mph.


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From: Jnapd(--nospam--at) [mailto:Jnapd(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:52 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Designing "Window Walls" per the 2003 IRC


That is what I thought. If they are in a 150 mph zone how could you ever allow non- engineered structures to be built. I believe the sustained winds were 120 mph from what I heard  last night.


 In a couple if photos houses were being remodeled from last years Hurricane.  I will take earthquakes anytime.


Joe Venuti
Johnson & Nielsen Associates
Palm Springs, CA