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RE: 2006 IBC Wind Load question

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Part of is likely due to the fact that there is more variation in the snow
load maps than the wind load maps.  Outside of the East and Southern Coasts
(and Alaska), it is not that difficult to read the wind speed map.  It is
all 90 mph except in "special" regions.  For snow loads, however, you have
contours all over that place and it can be difficult to tell where that
contour is in reality relative to your specific project site.  Thus, I will
typically confirm the snow load with the local code official (I do that as
well with wind and seismic)...and/or go conservative on the snow load that I
get from the map.
But, I have also encountered situations where the default IBC values are
modified.  For a long time, Michigan has modified the snow load map for use
in Michigan.  I would not be suprise is local juridictions would do similar
things at times.
Adrian, MI

  -----Original Message-----
From: Stuart, Matthew [mailto:mstuart(--nospam--at)] 
Sent: Sunday, August 26, 2007 7:59 AM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)
Subject: RE: 2006 IBC Wind Load question



I have found in my experience that local officials are more likely to
dictate snow loads that are higher than Code minimums as opposed to wind.


Even stranger than that, in NJ, the Dept. of Consumer Affairs (plan
reviewing agency for public facilities) has mandated the use of a
Progressive Collapse design criteria that has been rejected twice by the


Matthew Stuart


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