2308.6.8.1 Foundation Requirements
Braced wall lines shall be supported by continuous foundations.
EXCEPTION: For structures with a maximum plan dimension not more than over 50 feet (15 240 mm15.24 m), continuous foundations are required at exterior walls only for structures not assigned to Seismic Design Category D, E or F.
For structures in Seismic Design Categories D and E, exterior braced wall panels shall be in the same plane vertically with the foundation or the portion of the structure containing the offset shall be designed in accordance with accepted engineering practice and CBC Section 2308.1.1.
- 1.1. Cantilevers or setbacks shall not exceed four times the nominal depth of the floor joists.
- 1.2. Floor joists shall be 2 inches by 10 inches (51 mm by 254 mm) or larger, and spaced not more than 16 inches (406 mm) on center.
- 1.3. The ratio of the back span to the cantilever shall be not less than 2 to 1.
- 1.4. Floor joists at ends of braced wall panels shall be doubled.
- 1.5. A continuous rim joist shall be connected to the ends of cantilevered joists. The rim joist is permitted to be spliced using a metal tie not less than 0.058 inch (1.47 mm) (16 galvanized gage) and 1-1/2 inches (38 mm) in width fastened with six 16d common nails on each side. The metal tie shall have a yield stress not less than 33,000 psi (227 MPa).
- 1.6. Joists at setbacks or the end of cantilevered joists shall not carry gravity loads from more than a single story having uniform wall and roof loads nor carry the reactions from headers having a span of 8 feet (2438 mm) or more.
- The end of a required braced wall panel shall be allowed to extend not more than 1 foot (305 mm) over an opening in the wall below. This requirement is applicable to braced wall panels offset in plane and braced wall panels offset out of plane, as permitted by Exception 1. Braced wall panels are permitted to extend over an opening not more than 8 feet (2438 mm) in width where the header is a 4- inch by 12- inch (102 mm by 305 mm) or larger member.