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Jeff

Do you place a separation between the units or is it just a party wall of
staggered studs ?

If not then distribute Wind to 2 or 3 end units depending upon loading
requirements

Joe Venuti

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Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:07 AM
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Subject: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Town Home Lateral Loads

I am working on a 3 story town home project.  The code requires that the
townhomes each be designed as a separate building.  So we have usually
addressed this by engineering the end units for wind and seismic loads in
the longitudinal direction and the middle units for just seismic loads in
the longitudinal direction.  This results in huge shear wall and uplift
loads on the end units.  Anyone else have a better idea? The loads get so
high on the end units there has got to be a better way.  Tying the 
buildings together would be the easiest but our local jurisdiction does not 
 allow the exterior top plates to continue the the air space between units.

Jeff

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