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Buildings at Risk Wind Design Basics for Practicing Architects

 Buildings at Risk Wind Design Basics for Practicing Architects

Buildings at Risk Wind Design Basics for Practicing Architects



The purpose of this publication is to inform architects about wind hazards, the effect of wind on buildings, the building components most susceptible to high winds, building damage patterns, and suggested techniques for making buildings more resistant to wind damage. The information in this publication was gathered from experts in the field of wind engineering and design.

NEED FOR DESIGN GUIDANCE

In the wake of wind disasters such as recent hurricanes, and the multitude of tornadoes and wind storms experienced throughout the United States, it has become obvious that the design and construction of many buildings contributed to their poor performance. Inherent in the information presented in this book are the assumptions that architects can play a greater role in improving the quality of design and construction, and that disaster losses
can be mitigated. This book was written to help architects perform this role.

Part of the architect's role is to ensure that the project's needs are met in the design for a functional and safe new or renovated building. In areas subject to high winds, a building owner may not have considered the damaging effects of wind—to either the building proper, its contents, or (by extension) the life of a business.

This level of due diligence may require more attention particularly to the design of roofing, cladding, and openings. It also increases the value of site observation as a way to ensure that the design intent is achieved.


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