In this episode, we talk to William (Bill) Coulbourne, P.E., F. ASCE, F. SEI, a structural engineering consultant and owner of Coulbourne Consulting, about the key changes in ASCE 7-22 wind load provisions that will impact the design of buildings for wind.
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Bill:
- How will the new changes impact the design of buildings for wind loads?
- Talk to us about the first change, which is the added wind load provisions for tornado wind loads.
- What does the second change to the wind load provision, that was to remove tabular methods of wind pressures from chapters 27, 28, and 30, involve?
- The third change was to revise the Component and Cladding charts of pressure coefficients and simplified processes. Can you please talk to us more about that?
- There were also provisions made for ground-mounted solar arrays. Why were these changes needed and what are some of the potential benefits of ground-mounted solar arrays?
- Another change was the added wind load provisions for elevated buildings. How will this impact the design process for structural engineers going forward?
- The last change was the added provisions for rooftop pavers. How will this change affect structural engineers in the field?
- Do you have any career advice for structural engineers on how they can avoid making costly errors during the design process?