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RE: Stucco or GWB as shear wall in seismic zone 4 (1997 UBC/2001 CBC)

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Instead of calculating “every building” you could simply back calculate a scenario where you could get drywall to work for your client….it would probably be no more than 25’ wide box or rectangle, something I rarely get to design, but it sounds very relaxing.

 

I think your real question (the one that no one is answering) is: Am I legally liable for a design that most professionals know won’t perform well in a seismic event when it is done strictly per code?

 

I read Stan’s point about common practice, or standard of care, but this case would be pretty black and white I would say.  Buy a second home in a different country and go for it, save him a couple of bucks!

 

Truitt

 


From: Bill Allen [mailto:T.W.Allen(--nospam--at)cox.net]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 12:48 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Stucco or GWB as shear wall in seismic zone 4 (1997 UBC/2001 CBC)

 

Really?

 

Have you ever designed a retail building with that long, solid wall at the rear?

 

Come back and tell me that when you’ve calc’d every building.

 

Regards,

 

T. William (Bill) Allen, S.E.

ALLEN DESIGNS

Consulting Structural Engineers
 
V (949) 248-8588 F(949) 209-2509

-----Original Message-----
From: Truitt Vance [mailto:Truitt(--nospam--at)adVanceEng.net]
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 10:04 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Stucco or GWB as shear wall in seismic zone 4 (1997 UBC/2001 CBC)

 

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there is no way any building will ever calc out at such low numbers

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