[GSBN] Idaho Structural Engineer

Martin Hammer mfhammer at pacbell.net
Tue Mar 7 10:38:05 CST 2017

Hi Mark,

If you can¹t find a suitable engineer licensed in ID, maybe it¹s not
difficult (or expensive) for an out-of-state engineer to obtain a reciprocal
license? If so my first thought is Jeff Ruppert (on this list) in Colorado
or a number of California engineers (including some on this list).

Another possibility is for an out-of-state engineer to do the structural
design/calcs and have Lindsey Love stamp/sign the structural design.
Assuming both parties are comfortable with that and assuming she¹s a
licensed architect in Idaho. I don¹t know of a jurisdiction that wouldn¹t
accept a structural design from a licensed architect for a single family
dwelling two stories or less (still going through the normal plan check).

A third possibility is to have an out-of-state engineer familiar with SB
consult with a licensed Idaho engineer who isn¹t, but whom Lindsey trusts.

Also, I don¹t know if the State of Idaho or the local jurisdiction have
adopted Appendix S from the 2015 IRC. But Appendix S clearly allows
load-bearing with specific capacities for different wall assemblies (mostly
a function of plaster type) and detailing requirements. Even if Appendix S
hasn¹t been adopted it could still be used to justify a load-bearing design.

I hope that helps . . .


Martin Hammer, Architect
1348 Hopkins St.
Berkeley, CA  94702
510-525-0525 (office)
510-684-4488 (cell)

From:  Gsbn <gsbn-bounces at sustainablesources.com> on behalf of Big M
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Reply-To:  GSBN <GSBN at SustainableSources.com>
Date:  Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 6:23 AM
To:  GSBN <GSBN at SustainableSources.com>
Subject:  [GSBN] Idaho Structural Engineer

Greetings all!

My friend Lindsey Love, an Architect in Driggs, ID is looking for an
engineer to help with getting load bearing straw bale approved and adopted
into their jurisdiction. I personally don¹t have on licensed in ID. Do any
of you great people know of one willing to work with Lindsey?


Mark Jensen
Big M Construction
bigmconst at gmail.com

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