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As Tom noted, there are clear provisions for alternate standards for seismic design of tanks.  But for general code provisions, you probably need to apply 2006 IBC Section 104.11, which allows the Building Official to accept alternate methods of design and construction.  For non-building structures such as tanks, I would expect the Building Official to accept other common industry standards as long as design loads are reasonably consistent with the IBC loads (e.g., similar wind design parameters).
Bill Sherman

From: Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at) [mailto:Tom.Hunt(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 12:22 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: Re: Building Code and Other National Standards


You may find what you are looking for in ASCE 7 Section 15.4.1 - 1 (c) and for your specific case look at ASCE 7 Section 15.7.7, "Water Storage and Water Treatment Tanks and Vessels".

Thomas Hunt, S.E.

"Paul Blomberg" <paul.blomberg(--nospam--at)>
12/22/2008 11:10 AM
Please respond to seaint
seaint <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Building Code and Other National Standards

I'm looking for the area in the IBC which 'allows' the use of other approved national standards.  I have a spec that calls out the IBC and provides the site criteria (wind design criteria, seismic design criteria, ...)  A vendor is supplying an AWWA steel tank including foundation.  I thought I remembered a section of the code that said that directed you to the industry specific codes when applicable.
Anyone have an idea where this exists in the code?
Phoenix, AZ
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