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I have never come across such a provision in ASCE either. Even if there is literature to back-up using a reduced snow load, you may be in violation of ASCE if you use it without it being recognized in some manner within ASCE (or without ASCE at least giving an open-ended statement on being able to use engineering judgement for cases of large vertical offsets). I would be afraid a building inspector could shut the building down without having some sort of backing per ASCE. 

On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM, Jeremy White <admin(--nospam--at)> wrote:
ASCE 7 restricts the affects of drift from adjacent structures to within 20 feet of higher structures.  This seems to be only a horizontal limitation and they place no restriction on vertical distance.  There must be a point where drift from a higher structure will diffuse in the same wind event that causes the drift before it reaches a low roof.  But I am not familiar with any literature that addresses this topic.  Does anyone know of any reports or data to confirm or deny my theory?  I am working on a building that is lower than an adjacent building by approximately 10 stories so I think it might be a judgement call if there is no definitive resources available.


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