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SEC. 91.2306.  ALLOWABLE STRESS DESIGN.
   (Amended by Ord. No. 182,850, Eff. 1/3/14.)
 
   Section 2306 of the CBC is adopted by reference, except that Sections 2306.2 and 2306.3 of the CBC are not adopted; and, in lieu, LAMC Subsections 91.2306.2, 91.2306.3, and 91.2306.4 are added. (Amended by Ord. No. 185,587, Eff. 7/16/18.)
 
91.2306.2.  Wood-Frame Diaphragms.  (Amended by Ord. No. 185,587, Eff. 7/16/18.)  Wood-frame diaphragms shall be designed and constructed in accordance with AWC SDPWS.  Where panels are fastened to framing members with staples, requirements and limitations of AWC DPWS shall be met and the allowable shear values set forth in CBC Table 2306.2(1) or 2306.2(2) shall only be permitted for structures assigned to Seismic Design Category A, B or C.
 
   EXCEPTION:  Allowable shear values where panels are fastened to framing members with staples may be used if such values are substantiated by cyclic testing and approved by the building official.
 
   The allowable shear values of CBC Tables 2306.2(1) and 2306.2(2) are permitted to be increased 40% for wind design.
 
   Wood structural panel diaphragms used to resist seismic forces in structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E or F shall be applied directly to the framing members.
 
   EXCEPTION:  Wood structural panel diaphragm is permitted to be fastened over solid lumber planking or laminated decking, provided the panel joints and lumber planking or laminated decking joints do not coincide.
 
91.2306.3.  Wood-Frame Shear Walls.  (Amended by Ord. No. 186,488, Eff. 12/27/19.)  Wood-frame shear walls shall be designed and constructed in accordance with AWC SDPWS.  For structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E, or F, application of Tables 4.3A and 4.3B of AWC SDPWS shall include the following:
 
   1.   Wood structural panel thickness for shear walls shall not be less than 3/8 inch (9.525 mm) thick, and studs shall not be spaced at more than 16 inches (406.4 mm) on center.
 
   2.   The maximum nominal unit shear capacities for three-ply plywood resisting seismic forces in structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E or F is 400 pounds per linear foot (plf) (181.43 kg per meter).
 
   3.   Where shear design values using allowable stress design (ASD) exceed 350 plf or load and resistance factor design (LRFD) exceed 500 plf, all framing members receiving edge nailing from abutting panels shall not be less than a single 3 inch (76.19 mm) nominal member, or two 2 inch (50.8 mm) nominal members fastened together in accordance with CBC Section 2306.1 to transfer the design shear value between framing members.  Wood structural panel joint and sill plate nailing shall be staggered at all panel edges.  See Sections 4.3.6.1 and 4.3.6.4.3 of AWC SDPWS for sill plate size and anchorage requirements.
 
   4.   Nails shall be placed not less than 1/2 inch (12.7 mm) in from the panel edges and not less than 3/8 inch (9.525 mm) from the edge of the connecting members for shear greater than 350 plf using ASD or 500 plf using LRFD.  Nails shall be placed not less than 3/8 inch (9.525 mm) from panel edges and not less than 1/4 inch (6.35 mm) from the edge of the connecting members for shears of 350 plf or less using ASD or 500 plf or less using LRFD.
 
   5.   Table 4.3B of AWC SDPWS application is not allowed for structures assigned to Seismic design category D, E or F.
 
   For structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D, Application of Table 4.3C of AWC SDPWS shall not be used below the top level in a multi-level building for structures.
 
   Where panels are fastened to framing members with staples, requirements and limitations of AWC SDPWS shall be met and the allowable shear values set forth in CBC Tables 2306.3(1), 2306.3(2) or 2306.3(3) shall only be permitted for structures assigned to Seismic Design Category A, B or C.
 
   EXCEPTION:  Where panels are fastened to framing members with staples, allowable shear values may be used if such values are substantiated by cyclic testing and approved by the Superintendent of Building.
 
   The allowable shear values in CBC Tables 2306.3(1) and 2306.3(2) are permitted to be increased 40% for wind design.  Panels complying with ANSI/APA PRP-210 shall be permitted to use design values for Plywood Siding in the AWC SDPWS.
 
91.2306.4.  Shear Walls Sheathed with Other Materials.  Sheer walls sheathed with Portland cement plaster, gypsum lath, gypsum sheathing or gypsum board shall be designed and constructed in accordance with AWC SDPWS.  Shear walls sheathed with these materials are permitted to resist horizontal forces using the allowable shear capacities set forth in CBC Table 2306.3(3).  Shear walls sheathed with Portland cement plaster, gypsum lath, gypsum sheathing or gypsum board shall not be used to resist seismic forces in structures assigned to Seismic Design Category E or F.  (Amended by Ord. No. 186,488, Eff. 12/27/19.)
 
   Shear walls sheathed with lath, plaster or gypsum board shall not be used below the top level in a multi-level building for structures assigned to Seismic Design Category D.