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Re: ASCE 7-98 Vs. ASCE 7-95 (Wind Provisions)

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Your local jurisdiction will tell you which code is acceptable.  I too work here in the state of Florida and have had projects rejected due to the different ASCE 7's.  In fact I think Dade and Broward county still use ASCE 7-93 while the rest of the state requires ASCE 7-95.  At this point ASCE 7-98 still hasn't been adopted but from what I know it will be soon...
ASCE 7 comparisons for wind provisions (general):
ASCE 7-95 is a big increase from ASCE 7-93 (wind velocities increased and decreased coefficients).
ASCE 7-98 is a happy median for most people between ASCE 7-93 and ASCE 7-95 (wind velocities reduced and the coefficients increased).
I hope this helps.
Best Regards,
Brian McMahon, E.I.T. (Heavy Timber Design)
Universal Building Specialties, Inc.
Auburndale, Florida 33823
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Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2001 11:11 AM
Subject: ASCE 7-98 Vs. ASCE 7-95 (Wind Provisions)

Our firm, based in Orlando FL, has an Interesting challenge.  A few years ago, our firm design the structure for a church.  The design at the time was made using ASCE 7-93 wind provisions.  Due to reasons I'm not familiar with, the church was never built.  Later, the ASCE 7-95 was adopted (not by everyone though).  Today, the ASCE 7-98 has been issued.  If anyone has design using the ASCE 7 during the last 10 years, you might have notice the increase in wind pressures from the 93 to 95 edition, and the decrease of them from the 95 to the 98 edition.  To make it short, the church project is active again, but the county now enforces the 95 edition (which will require a redesign, but more important a considerable increase in cost), however, the 98 edition is out but it has not been adopted.  We plead to the county officials and their response was:   If you can prove that the 98 edition is safer than 95 edition, they will allows us to use the 98 edt., otherwise the 95 edt. must be used.
Any input on this??
Mauricio A. Lopez, E.I.
Orlando, FL