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One difference between the changes in the seismic engineering and criteria is that the seismic forces have never been predictable in the past and will not be in the future. Structures can not be tested for the seismic effects in the same manner as they can be for wind. There is better understanding of wind and structural performance for wind also, but I don't think it should make much difference for main wind resisting portions of the structure.
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From: T. Eric Gillham PE [mailto:gk2(--nospam--at)]
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 5:29 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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