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Why not treat each unit as a block and provide shearwalls/lateral systems 
on all four sides and ignor the continuity of the roof and exterior wall 
sheathing. You will not have any drag forces between the units to deal 

Oshin Tosounian, S.E.

 From: Jeff Hedman <jeff_h(--nospam--at)>
To: seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)
Sent: Friday, June 28, 2013 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Town Home Lateral Loads

This project has a separation between units.  One jurisdiction here does 
not allow double top plates or floor sheathing to go through the air gap. 
So I am not sure how I can really tie the floors of multiple units 
together.  The roof sheathing is continuous and the exterior sheathing are 
continuous.  Maybe thats all I need.  But if I do tie multiple units 
together this jurisdiction will ask for calculations to show how I am 
transferring the loading to multiple units.

> Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2013 10:43:39 -0700
> From: "Joe Venuti" <jovenengr(--nospam--at)>
> Subject: RE: Town Home Lateral Loads
> 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

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