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Hip Roofs and Parallel to Ridge

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We’re having something of an in-house debate:

From a logical stance, a hip roof does not present the abrupt change in direction that a gable loaded parallel to wind does; and is, rather, more of the same flow pattern as one would see in a perpendicular to ridge loading.  For this reason it would seem that perpendicular to ridge, regardless of wind direction, would be appropriate for a hip roof.  But nothing in the code or commentary appears to substantiate this thought process (that we can find at least).

What say you?


Richard Calvert, EIT 

Project Engineer


Lindemann Bentzon Bojack

Architects & Engineers

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