The reason ASCE 7 Section 12.9 requires scaling up modal response forces is because engineers may model a structure using assumptions that results in an overly flexible model. Since use of an overly flexible model will result in a period T that is excessively large, it will also result in computation of seismic forces that are too small assuming the computed period T is not in the constant acceleration portion of the spectrum. However, while forces computed from response spectrum analysis decrease with period, deflection (and drift) increase with period. Therefore if an engineer develops a model that is overly flexible, the predicted drift from the analysis is already conservative and there is not need to scale it up further. The one exception to this is for structures located close to major active faults (where S1 is greater than or equal to 0.6g). On such sites, ground motion can have large velocity pulses, that create very large drift. On these sites, and on these sites only, it is necessary to scale the drift from modal analysis to the drift obtained using the base shear computed from Eq. 12.8-7.