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Re: Use of WOOD: Single Family Housing D

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Exactly,

But why have they not been exposed to these design loads.  

Do the wind pressures in the code truly correspond to the wind speeds.

If a building is designed for exposure C and is in an exposure B area, then it
too will never see its design loads.

We have had design wind speeds in Reno and Tahoe exceeding the wind design
speed and have had only minor failures, mostly of architectural features, when
it comes to wood framed structures.

I am not advocating that engineers are not important, but, in my opinion they
are not needed in the consturcuction of the simple wood framed structure.

Brian