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Thanks, Bob.  That's pretty much my experience too.  Reminds me of a recent article about a huge homebuilder and his comments:

"...the company had already learned that buyers will choose visible flourishes over pragmatism every time.  During the energy crisis of the late 1970s, for instance, one option was a higher grade of insulation.  'No one bought it.  Everyone spent their extra money on moldings.'"  [NYTimes magazine, 10/16/05, p. 53]

That's life,


In a message dated 11/3/05 8:17:37 PM, rkazanjy(--nospam--at) writes:

An SE buddy of mine & I toyed with the idea a number of years ago when he was working on his Phd.

I was interested & excited about but his opinon was it would never fly in the general residential market because of cost.

I did an informal market survey on cost vs performance..........he was right, the typical home buyer is TOTALLY cost driven & will pay very little premium for  increased performance.  The premium was so small that very little extra could be built into the home.  :(


On 11/3/05,
Rhkratzse(--nospam--at) <Rhkratzse(--nospam--at)> wrote:
Does anyone know of a base isolation system for single-family residences in high seismic areas?

Ralph Hueston Kratz
Structural Engineer


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