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Thanks for all the replies, everyone.  It certainly looks like the 
consensus is that the manufacturer/supplier is responsible for code 
compliance and proper fastening to the structure.


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From:           	Gary Hodgson & Associates <ghodgson(--nospam--at)>
To:             	seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject:        	Questions re:  Doors & Windows
Send reply to:  	ghodgson(--nospam--at)
Date sent:      	Thu, 15 Sep 2005 10:08:01 -0400


As structural engineers, what is your policy regarding doors and
windows.  I ask due to the following situations:

1.	In a large industrial building (not mine), a large truck door 
buckled in a high wind.  When I reviewed it, the door did not meed
code loading requirements.  The door supplier and manufacturer both
maintain that the door does not have to meet the code as it is not
part of the building.  The code says building accessories and
components must meet code requirements.  Lots of argument ensued.

2.	On a condominium job, another engineer who visited the site after
the structural work was complete said that he didn't think the
fastening of the window was adequate.  The municipality said I had to
check this but the builder would not give me any information or open
it up for me to check.  I told the city I was only responsible for 

3.	On a house, I did not think that a double door and transom had
heavy enough framing members and asked for documentation.  I got no
compliance whatsoever.

I consider doors, windows and their fasteners the responsibility of
the supplier/manufacturer but I'm curious to hear the lists' opinions
on these situations and what they would have done.

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