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Redundancy/Reliablity Factor (ro) in Wood Frame BLDG

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Dear List members:


There are some "Plan Examiners" that have been requiring computation of Redundancy/Reliability Factor (ro) in Wood Frame BLDG.

My understanding is that the SEOASC has issued a white paper in this regard and does not require the need for this in light wood frame structures.

1- What has been your experience with Redundancy/Reliability Factor when designing a wood frame building?

   (would you still provide the "Plan Examiner" with "ro" computation?)

2- And how does this relates with IBC 2003 requirement?



Casey (Khashayar) Hemmatyar, PE

Southern California