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RE: Multi-story wood framed w/lots of openings

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David –


There is a great technical guide from the AF&PA written by Jeffrey Stone, PhD that covers perforated shear walls a little more in depth than the IBC does.  With lots of wall openings you should definitely think about using a perforated analysis with holdowns only at the extreme ends of the wall.  Check it out:


Eli Grassley

PSM Engineers

Seattle, WA


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Subject: Multi-story wood framed w/lots of openings


I have noted with interest the discussion regarding the Simpson tie-downs and framing.

I am just starting to look at a two story wood building with a huge number of windows.  Leaves little solid wall.

Anyone have any comments or ideas on where to get examples of such a perforated design?