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I find this typical in the South, where SBC is still the default for small
buildings.  SBC uses the old wind speeds.

Unless I am mistaken, most, if not all, of the South uses 1997 SBC, which
defaults to ASCE 7-95.  I have begun to use ASCE 7-98 for wind loads (it makes
more sense).  If the client asks, I've simply explained, "It makes little
difference, but I'm more comfortable with the latest code revisions".  I don't
discuss wind speeds with non-engineer clients, but I "propose" wind speeds and
codes for more savvy clients.

Keith Fix
Little Rock

--- Paul Feather <pfeather(--nospam--at)> wrote:
> We are currently consulting for a project outside of California.  The code
> requirement specified is ASCE 7-95, but the jurisdiction supplied wind speed
> requirements are lower than the wind speeds indicated as appropriate in the
> ASCE map.
> The perception we are getting is that many jurisdictions have adopted the
> latest ASCE code without understanding the shift from fastest mile to three
> second gust wind speed requirements.  Application of 100 mph fastest mile to
> the three second gust requirements will result in considerably lower than
> intended force levels.
> We do not have a problem with this project other than the owners eyes glazing
> over as we endeavor to explain the differences between three second gust and
> fastest mile wind speeds and why it is appropriate to design for higher wind
> speed requirements than the jurisdiction specified.  But I thought the
> experience interesting, and am curious if others are encountering similar
> situations.
> Paul Feather
> San Diego, CA

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