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Thanks, Scott. That is a valuable information..


--- On Fri, 9/11/09, Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)> wrote:

From: Scott Maxwell <smaxwell(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Re: California Building Code
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Date: Friday, September 11, 2009, 5:12 AM

When you say “California Special CE exam”, I am assuming you mean the seismic exam that is required to get your PE in California as opposed to the exam to get your SE license.  If so, then I took it and passed it with just a regular UBC (this was before the switch to the IBC).  >From what I recall, the exam does not even touch the issue of the “A” chapters of the CBC (I suspect because technically only SEs use those chapters since schools and hospitals are the only things that require the “A” chapters to my knowledge and those must be done by SEs).



Adrian, MI

On 9/9/09 5:34 PM, "Padmanabhan Rajendran" <prajendran(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I am preparing for the California Special CE exam.

The California Building Code (CBC) has a Chapter 16A following Chapter 16.  each of the chapters are 26 pages long. I have not compared paragraph by paragraph, but, randomly looked at the basic load combinations 1605.2.1 and 1605A.2.1. The only difference was the addition of paragraph of 1605A.2.1.1 in chapter 16A.

Considering that CBC is an adaptation of IBC 2006, it would have been simpler to keep one chapter with all required changes instead of retaining the original IBC chapter with footnotes and adding another chapter with identical paragraphs.

Am I missing something? Perhaps, the list members from California could clarify.