Analysis of Live Loads in Office Buildings

by Bruce R. Ellingwood, (A.M.ASCE), Struct. Research Engr.; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,
Charles G. Culver, (M.ASCE), Program Mgr.; Building Tech., Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1977, Vol. 103, Issue 8, Pg. 1551-1560


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: An analysis of live loads in offices is presented which applies probabilistic live load models to the results of a recent survey of office buildings in the United States conducted by the National Bureau of Standards. The results are compared to a study of live loads in offices in the United Kingdom and the design loads currently specified by ANSI A58.1-1972. On the basis of this study, a new expression for computing allowable reductions in live loads is proposed.

Subject Headings: Load factors | Live loads | Commercial buildings | Standards and codes | Comparative studies | Probability | Geomatic surveys | North America | United Kingdom | Europe | United States

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