Wind Enduranceby Paul Devlin, Counsel; Inst. of Business and Home Safety, Boston, MA,
Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 12, Pg. 60-62
Document Type: Feature article
Although property casualty insurance companies are interested in a building's resistance to intense winds, risk underwriters traditionally take into account few, if any, wind-performance characteristics. Actuaries, however, cannot develop credible rating information for wind exposure, because they lack wind-specific data on buildings. Instead, they incorporate fire-protection ratings into wind performance ratings. With the help of structural engineers, more accurate wind performance data could lead to new insurance ratings for wind damaged buildings.
Subject Headings: Wind engineering | Ratings | Insurance | Wind loads | Information management | Load and resistance factor design | Damage (structural) | Fires
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