ASCE 7 Revised: New Emphasis on the Effect of the Building Form on Envelope Design for Wind Resistan

Introduction Continuity and quality assurance in the load path from each exterior component to the ground is the key to creating buildings and building elements that withstand wind loads. With the release this year of ASCE 7-95 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has placed new emphasis on the effect of the building form on pressures placed on the exterior envelope in wind-load analysis and design. This revision to ASCE 7-93 responds to the studies of the 1993 ASCE symposium, “The Hurricanes of 1992” which had been organized to learn from that year’s turbulent Hurricanes Andrew, Iniki, and Omar [Heineman, p.32]. The Envelope

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