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I don't think there is any provision for reduced wind loads when examining existing buildings. If there were, I'd ask how the wind is supposed to know that the building was an existing building, not a new one?
However, the fact that your existing building withstood the high winds you described (I took that to mean higher than the original design winds) probably means that there is more strength in the structure than assumed in the original design. Instead of trying to tweak the wind load side of the equation, can you work on the strength side to more accruately reflect what is happening when higher winds hit the building?
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From: T. Eric Gillham PE [mailto:gk2(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 7:29 PM
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Subject: Wind Loading on Existing Structures
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Does anyone on the list have any experience with Code required wind loading on existing structures?  In particular, I am interested in knowing if there are any codes that promulgate a lesser wind loading requirement on existing structures, as compared to new structures, along the lines of NEHRP, ATC or other codes with regard to seismic.
Currently, I have a project that involves a 30+ year old metal warehouse structure that is being checked for code compliance for our 155mph design wind speed.  This structure has been through 4 major typhoons with recorded wind speeds exceeding 155mph sustained.  Based upon this, and the current condition of the structure (it has weathered the years, no pun intended, quite well with minimal if any signs of corrosion), it would appear that MAJOR retrofitting would be overkill, although there are some areas that need to be addressed regardless of what requirements I adhere to. 
Any suggestions would be welcome.
T. Eric R. Gillham PE
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