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So far I have been unable to get any attention from local officials regarding any Quality Assurance (plan checking) or Quality Control(competent inspection) of the flashings or waterproofing that is theoretically required by the Code. They all seem to feel that no changes are necessary. The Sacramento Bee story on the Folsom stair collapse mentioned something positive:

“This is not just a local issue,” said Ryan Kersting, president of the Structural Engineers Association of California, which is forming a task force with the American Institute of Architects and the California Building Officials to examine how to respond to these problems. “This is going to follow through to other jurisdictions.” Maybe a few years down the road something will change, meanwhile will stack up some more bodies I guess.

Chuck Utzman, PE

On 7/30/2015 9:51 AM, Andrew Kester wrote:
Shocking that a developer thinks hang steel is an unnecessary expense and
wood is fine . As long as it doesn't get wet . Well no $@&! That is why we are talking about this and why people died!

Steel is not that expensive and cheaper than repairs or worst case failures. Of course it is no substitute for good water management practices, but it's a good belt and suspenders approach.

On Jul 30, 2015, at 9:44 AM, Kavsak, Paul M. <kavsakpm(--nospam--at)>

Maybe now things will start to happen, at least in California:


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