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Andy, I believe that Doug's reply answers your original question.  Regardless of which force governs design, be it seismic or wind forces, detailing requirements are based on seismic.  Maybe you can clarify your question.

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"Andy Heigley" <aheigley(--nospam--at)>

10/06/2006 10:53 AM

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RE: Discontinuous Shear walls



I know I always have to design for seismic but even with the overstrength factor applied to seismic forces, the wind forces still control.

Andrew Heigley, PE


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Doug Mayer [mailto:dougm(--nospam--at)]
Friday, October 06, 2006 12:46 PM
RE: Discontinuous Shear walls




Per the 2001 CBC section 1626.3:


Seismic and Wind Design.  When the code-prescribed wind design produces greater effects, the wind design shall govern, but detailing requirements and limitations prescribed in this section and referenced sections shall be followed.


I take this to mean that even if wind loads govern, you still have to design and detail based on seismic requirements.  I don’t know if there is a comparable section in the IBC, but I would assume there is.  Hope that helps.


Doug Mayer, S.E.

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From: Andy Heigley [mailto:aheigley(--nospam--at)]
Friday, October 06, 2006 5:50 AM
Discontinuous Shear walls


Somewhat keeping on topic, I have a multi-story apartment building, where I’m losing a lot of shear walls at the 1st floor, but my wind design force is significantly more than seismic.  Are there any provisions for discontinuities in vertical resisting elements that are controlled by Wind forces?  I know that in the seismic chapter, there’s the vertical structural irregularities table, to which gives you provisions for seismic, but obviously, losing the lower level of a 2 or 3 story shear wall has significant affects under either wind or seismic loadings.


Also some food for thought…  do you guys feel that the building codes should possibly add section in the structural chapter for irregularities, and the provisions for both wind and seismic listed in a table.  I think that would be helpful.  

Andrew Heigley, PE
Dublin, OH