Wind Endurance

by 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

Abstract: 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: Insurance | Wind | Wind forces | Wind loads | Data communication

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