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Not my code. But if roof live load is a gravity load, then in combination with wind down draft it may be a cautious combination to consider. But most of the time roof wind loads are uplift forces, so in combination with fictitious allowance for live loading that would be unconservative.


I’ve never done so to Australian code AS1170. But just checking it does have a combination, but involves a partial load factor of 1.2 for gravity loads. This infers a situation of wind down draft, or such situation that wind uplift in combination with the high estimate of gravity loads causes instability. Is there a partial loading pattern which would cause instability?


Turn the page, and partial load factor for live loading is zero for roof, unless used for floor like activities.


Conrad Harrison

B.Tech (mfg & mech), MIIE, gradTIEAust



South Australia

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Sent: Wednesday, 19 December 2007 11:18
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Subject: CBC 2007 Wind Load


The load combinations in ASCE 07 have combinations that combine Dead, Wind, and ROOF live load in the same combo.

While I can certainly see it being appropriate for floor live load to be combined with wind but not Roof Live and Wind simultaneously (even when reduced a little for each).

Possibly on primary frames/overall building (still hard to fathom in my opinion), but not for components and cladding (i.e. roof rafters).

Am I missing something?