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If you are talking about the live load rating for the roof simply because a garden is present, we've discussed that in the thread. I feel it's inappropriate for a non-accessible roof, but I don't have a quarrel if the roof is a gathering area. 100psf live loads are reducible, it's greater than 100psf and places of public assembly (which I would consider a garden roof that's accessible) that are not reducible for gravity or seismic loads.


On Feb 17, 2008 4:39 PM, Gerard Madden, SE <gmse4603(--nospam--at)> wrote:
This is a dead load, the fact that it is a 100psf, more or less, should not trigger reductions in seismic mass.

They have garden roofs that are low profile (work in 3"-4" of soil) that weigh less than 35 psf when saturated.


On Feb 17, 2008 11:36 AM, Szuchuan Chang <szuchuan(--nospam--at)> wrote:
I was reading about the ASCE 7 Table 4-1 about the minimum roof loads.

"Roofs used for roof gardens .." 100 psf on page 13 of the book.

Hope that you have not miss this requirement.


In order to meet the LEED requirements (to get a SILVER) our project
manager insisting on adding a garden on the roof. In a SDC of "E"
building.  In San Jose area near the bay.

Loads 100 psf are not reduceable for seismic design.  How long will it
be for the building owner to recover the cost of adding extera lateral
capacity for a grarden on roof in Bay Area?


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