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Pros and Cons of Stick (Wood) Framing for Commercial Projects

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on February 27th, 2008

Pro
1. Readily available throughout the United States
2. Easily worked with as a framing material
3. Experienced, licensed framers are familiar with wood
4. Experienced framers have all the tools for the trade
5. Most building departments and inspectors are familiar with the stick
assembly of homes
6. All licensed architects are very familiar with wood as a framing material
7. Wood is a good insulator in conjunctions with the proper insulation
8. Wood is a recyclable material
9. Recycling of wood waste is becoming mandatory by the governmental
jurisdiction in which the site is located
Con
1. The new code, C.B.C. 2007, puts new restrictions on the use of stick frame
and heavy lumber
2. Large stick members and beams are heavy and may need mechanical
equipment to place
3. Other trades may have to drill through stick framing members
4. Wood does absorb moisture
5. Wood is becoming more expensive
6. Wood does put a burden on the forests
7. Wood is becoming a scarcer material

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Pros and Cons of Wood (Stick) Framing for Residential Projects

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on February 21st, 2008

Pros:
· Stick framing uses lumber for members
· Still readily available throughout the United States
· Easy to work with
· Experienced, licensed framers are familiar with the material
· Experienced framers have all the tools the material requires
· Most building inspectors are familiar with the stick assembly of homes
· All licensed architects are very familiar with stick framing
· Wood is a good insulator in conjunction with the proper insulation
· Wood is a recyclable material
· Recycling of wood waste is becoming mandatory by the governmental
jurisdiction in which the site is located
Cons:
· The new code, C.B.C. 2007, does put new restrictions on the use of wood for
framing
· Wood is cumbersome and heavy
· Electric, plumbing, and heating and ventilating contractors have to drill
through framing walls
· Wood does absorb moisture
· Wood is becoming more expensive
· Wood does put a burden on our forests
· Wood is becoming a scarcer material

Next Week: Pros and Cons of Wood (Stick) Framing for Commercial Projects

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When TDCs Work

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on November 20th, 2007

TDC programs work well only when the residents of a designated Receiver Site are willing to accept the change in density in their area or neighborhood. That also typifies the democratic process. Otherwise, the process is a change in zoning made without the residents’ acquiescence.

Even though the adopted TDC program of San Luis Obispo County specifically states: “Support of the Community,” is necessary, violations of this Section persist.

Case in point: most recently, an area south of Atascadero was under consideration. Through an ad hoc committee, written surveys were sent to the property owners involved. More than 70 per cent responded, stating they wanted out of the TDC program; they wanted no community change.

The area has many problems for a greater population: substandard roads (unable to meet requirements of the greater traffic engendered); water shortages; drainage problems; need for septic systems and leach fields in spite of soils inadequacies; no natural gas available for new homes (propane or electric only); no city water (many on wells).

Still, the County Supervisors voted to make a significant modification to the zoning, from 2-1/2 acres to 2 acres. If everyone who could split his property did so, it would result in almost 100 new homes. Each of the Supervisors who voted for this change – against the advice of the Planning Commission – lives about 20 miles from the Receiver Site, and apparently not one of them had toured the area to see how it would be changed.

As a result, a community of acreages will undergo gradual change and greater impaction upon services and resources.

So, the question is: Is the TDC an effective vehicle to use existing land as an efficient environmental development tool?

Yes and No. Yes, if the involved area owners are in support of the process, and resources and services can support the increased density. Otherwise, the answer is an emphatic No.

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What Are Transfer Development Credits?

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on October 27th, 2007

Lately, TDCs (Transfer Development Credits) have been in the news in our area. TDCs were devised to allow local ranchers or farmers to keep their acreage untouched, if they have property they could develop. Instead, they may take those lots and arrange to transfer the development rights to a so-called Transfer Site, through sales to developers.

Transfer Sites are areas where the County decides more development can theoretically be built without destroying the character and atmosphere of a neighborhood. The rancher/farmer sells his credits to a developer, realizing a profit from his land, and the developer then obtains the right to split a property within the Transfer Site area and build on the lots thus created.

Next Week: Who Wins, Who Loses?

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Get Ready for the Building Inspector

Written by John Rinaldi - Architect on October 16th, 2007

Before concrete is poured for any Project, a Building Inspector will visit the site to check the job. You should prepare for the following:
1. Have a signed Soils Report ready for him to read;
2. Any saturation of the soil in that Report will be checked;
3. He will check a stamped, approved set of drawings, which should always be ready
and accessible to all inspectors;
4. He will check the foundation plan against what is laid out in the foundation
a. Depth of footings and plate
b. Anchor bolt spacing
c. Holdown hardware
d. Shearwall lengths and placement
e. Slab steel and spacing
f. Steel slab concrete chocks to raise re-bar, for concrete to fully engulf
re-bar;
5. If any of the above is not to his satisfaction, he will leave a correction sheet
with items he feel must be corrected;
6. Usually, a telephone number is on the correction sheet, to call for re-
inspection.

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