Need a book? Engineering books recommendations...

Return to index: [Subject] [Thread] [Date] [Author]

Re: H3LP REQUESTED: Paper on "Structural Design for Residential: A Comparative Study"

[Subject Prev][Subject Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next]
If you have a book by" Guildelines  for Design of Low-Rise Buildings subjected to Lateral Forces"
Edited by  Ajaya Kumat Gupta and Peter James Moss, CRC Press, Boca Raton.
This book has This book has six different examples

Section 5.11 Design Examples:
Design Example: 5.11.1 One Story steel frame Building 
Design Example: 5.11.2 One Story Industrial Building with mezzanine  
Design Example: 5.11.3 Three story Residential  Building 
Design Example: 5.11.4 Five Story steel frame Building 
Design Example: 5.11.5 Five Story concrete frame -shear wall Building 
Design Example: 5.11.6 One Story wood frame Building 
Unfortunately, all examples are based on ASCE 7-88 and UBC 1991 (NEHRP 1988)

The FEMA has also published several examples but all examples are re-hab related.

Around 1995, I presented a paper at the ASCE Conference comparing wind and seismic building and
found interesting conclusions.


>>> bill(--nospam--at) 7/26/2004 10:33:19 AM >>>
.or words to that effect. I just came up with the working title two seconds


I've been thinking about this for some time. Perhaps the most valuable
lessons I've gleaned from participation here on SEAINT is the insights into
how residential structures are designed more "seriously" on the West Coast
compared to here on the "Third Coast." It's intriguing to an even larger
extent because I understand that for residential structures, and probably
"light commercial" low-rise construction as well, wind tends to govern the
lateral design.


Wind is something we have a heckuva lot of here on the Texas Gulf coast.
Compare, if you will, the design wind speed for Southern California with
that of those states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. I'm sure you see what
I've getting at.


Yet we do not require structural design for residential construction here in
Texas, owing mainly to the fact that we have no code enforcement except in
municipalities, and counties are specifically prohibited from adopting
building codes and enacting code enforcement requirements. This is a
political situation entirely: The homebuilding industry here has convinced
the legislature that to allow wholesale building code enforcement would make
homes unaffordable to a large number of people.


I could present the political arguments pro and con, ad infinitum, but
that's not my object. My object, rather, is to compare the practices of
structural design in, say, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and
Arizona, say, with those of Texas, and ultimately, to show a glaring


Further studies could be made (perhaps "Part 2", etc.) of comparative
property damage costs that can be inferred to stem from this difference in
approach. I have no axe to grind; I'm simply interested to know why we do
(or don't do) what we do (or don't do) when it comes to structural design
for residential construction.


What I'd like is some input from anyone who does structural design for
residential, wherever you might be (I specifically mention the West coast
but I wouldn't confine my discussion to there). I'd appreciate this very

******* ****** ******* ******** ******* ******* ******* ***
*   Read list FAQ at:
*   This email was sent to you via Structural Engineers 
*   Association of Southern California (SEAOSC) server. To 
*   subscribe (no fee) or UnSubscribe, please go to:
*   Questions to seaint-ad(--nospam--at) Remember, any email you 
*   send to the list is public domain and may be re-posted 
*   without your permission. Make sure you visit our web 
*   site at: 
******* ****** ****** ****** ******* ****** ****** ********