[Greenbuilding] Legionaires disease and water temperature

John Straube jfstraube at gmail.com
Fri Dec 30 18:59:26 PST 2011

Actually all codes I know of allow for code officials to make interpretations. As a professional engineer I regularly write letters and stamp then with my seal using "learned comments from the lofty heights of academia" to successfully support alternate solutions. 
Alas, code officials report that most requests for interpretation are NOT supported by science, from on high or otherwise, and so get rejected. 
I am frankly somewhat surprised to hear, on a greenbuilding list of all places, that we should all just follow the rules blindly and not use science to support our actions. 

------Original Message------
From: Nick Pyner
To: John Straube
To: Green Building
To: jfstraube at uwaterloo.ca
Subject: RE: [Greenbuilding] Legionaires disease and water temperature
Sent: Dec 30, 2011 17:08

I'm afraid I'm extremely well aware of how codes and standards are made but,
if you have codes, well, that is where you look first. The law is the law,
and handing down learned comments from the lofty heights of academia can
count for remarkably little when it all hits the fan in the real world of
architecture and building.

Nick Pyner

Dee Why   NSW

-----Original Message-----
Behalf Of John

Codes are rarely more relevant than factual information and often fly in the
face of reality. Not sure if you have seen how codes and standards are made
but it is often not very scientific.

Prof. John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Dept of Civil Engineering / School of Architecture

Maybe more to the point than studies and Safe Kids Canada media campaigns,
is what the codes say.

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