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Our office had a sales rep for Premier Building Systems come out and he tauted how they have high shear resistance, etc.  Check the link.

Good luck.

On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 1:48 PM, Richard Calvert <RichardC(--nospam--at)> wrote:

I have a new project with SIPs panels involved, however, this one has some potential issues with wind loading along the front of the structure.  My current information regarding this claims that the allowable shear values are for aspect ratios of 1:1 or better, and gives no further information.  However, I found an IRC/IBC report on SIPS.ORG from NTA (?) stating that the allowable was 2:! – which makes more sense – but provides no values for this case…


Considering that these panels are covered on both sides with 7/16” OSB it makes sense to me that these panels would fall under some “similar” method in the IRC, or maybe have capacities similar to 2x unblocked roof diaphragms – but I am not finding anything which validates this.  Any leads would be greatly appreciated here. 


Richard Calvert, EIT 

Project Engineer


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