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IBC vs. ASCE 7 (WAS: Snow Load + Seismic)

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-----Original Message-----
From: William.Sherman(--nospam--at)CH2M.com [mailto:William.Sherman(--nospam--at)CH2M.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, July 25, 2006 2:03 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: RE: Snow Load + Seismic

The 2003 IBC uses "20 percent of flat roof snow load where flat snow
load exceeds 30 psf", in the effective seismic weight.

-----/Original Message/-----

This brings up a related question in my mind:

Why does 2003 IBC continue to specify loads? I wonder why they don't
leave the load specification duties to ASCE 7?

This isn't a "challenge," but a sincere question. I was under the
impression that the industry was "compartmentalizing" by keeping the
load and material specs separate from the building code publication.

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