Wind Resistant Design Considerations

Association of Construction and Development
August 28, 2012 — 1,130 views  

With the increasing prevalence of hurricanes, tornadoes and other instances of heavy winds, constructing buildings with wind resistant design in mind has become even more important. Here are some considerations to keep in mind regarding wind resistance.

According to the Accomack County Eastern Shore of Virginia, the most basic construction factor is using adequate gable end bracing such as K-bracing. Installing these gable ends can help resist wind loads and reduce the likelihood of racking. Additionally, using approved metal high wind roof rafter-to-top plate tie downs can help reduce uplift.

Another wind resistant practice that is increasingly common in this day and age is the use of structural connectors. When using them in a continuous load path transfer system, these structural connectors can effectively resist powerful winds by reinforcing the building from the roof to the foundational roots, according to Strong Tie.

Finally, according to Go Structural, the perforated shearwall approach is a new design method that has proven effective. First used in Japan, the perforated shearwall method often results in more economy than traditional segmented shearwall design approaches. Additionally, using this construction method allows designers a chance to evaluate the performance.

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