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Your checking with the building department was a good move. We had a project in North Dakota and the contract said to use ASCE 7-05 (current at that time), but the contract also said that we had to verify all of our loads. When I checked with the local building official, the ice load was 3" T thick; we already had a snow load of 35 psf, but the Corp of Engrs dinged me because ASCE 7 said .5" of ice. We didn't change our design for them.

Neil Moore, PE, SE

On 12/22/2014 1:06 PM, Scott Maxwell wrote:
I did finally talk to someone at the building department. He said use the 41 psf.

So, 41 psf it is.



On Dec 22, 2014, at 12:03 PM, Scott Maxwell<smaxwell(--nospam--at)>  wrote:

Yeah, I found the 25 psf from that same website. Not sure how trustworthy it is.

When I called the building department, the front line person answering the phone had no idea what I was asking about and had to pass me to the voicemail of one of the building inspectors. So, I am not even sure they realize that it should potentially should be a FAQ.<grin>


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