Date: Sat Jan 8, 2000 1:30 am
Subject: Re: Building shell design
In a message dated 1/7/00 8:10:26 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> Jeeeeez Scott... we may not have hurricanes but we've got twisters !
> I'm thinkin' an earth-sheltered design ain't a bad idea in these parts.
> the little house that rocks
Sounds prudent, but I was referring not to smarts, but rather to Florida's
building codes, which have been through multiple rounds of upward revision
and beefed up well beyond the Standard Building Code as to tie down
requirements since hurricane Andrew ... its largely an insurance thing, but
it effects anyone trying to build new stuff around here ... I'm not saying
its a bad idea, just that it has materially changed the cost of making walls
taller and roofs bigger over the last few years.
An example of the change is in slab anchor bolts for 8' 2x4 demising walls
which went from something like 6" bolts every 48" O. C. to 8" bolts every
24" CO., and this increase is systemic throughout the building's tie down
systems (hurricane clips, corner reinforcement, truss lumber sizing, etc.).
The government do take a bite now don't she?
I dunno about Nashville, but I was guessing that things were more relaxed.
Scott R. Foster