Understanding Code - Prescribed Building Loads

The building code requires all buildings and components thereof to resist code-prescribed loads. This presentation breaks down the various loads to describe exactly what the code requires. The presentation describes dead and live gravity loads, wind loads, and seismic loads. Attendees are guided through the basics of structural analysis, how buildings receive and distribute loads, and what the code requires for various building elements. Attendees learn the difference between main wind force resisting systems and components and cladding. Building code requirements are discussed in terms of geographic location in the southeastern United States. Specifically, various in code-prescribed seismic and wind loads will be shown to illustrate the diverse design requirements that apply to new construction.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, each attendee will be able to:
  • Identify the code-prescribed loads that buildings must resist.
  • Explain how the code-prescribed loads interact with building components.
  • Describe the difference between main wind force resisting system and components and cladding.
  • Determine the applicable code-prescribed loads based on the geographic location of a subject building.
For more information contact Melissa Gibson at melissagibson@constructionscience.org or (864) 647-1065

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