American Society of Civil Engineers

ASCE 7-10 Wind Loads

by Ronald Cook, (Civil and Coastal Engineering, University of Florida. E-mail:, Larry Griffis, (Structures Division, Walter P. Moore and Associates. E-mail:, Peter Vickery, (Applied Research Associates. E-mail:, and Eric Stafford, (T. Eric Stafford & Associates. E-mail:
Section: Extreme Loads, pp. 1440-1453, (doi:

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Document type: Conference Proceeding Paper
Part of: Structures Congress 2011
Abstract: ASCE 7-10 "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures" contains several changes regarding wind loads. The major editorial change is a complete reorganization to a multiple-chapter format as done previously for seismic loads with the objective being to make the provisions easier to follow. Technical changes include the introduction of new wind speed maps to be used with a 1.0 load factor for LRFD and a 0.6 load factor for ASD, the reintroduction of Exposure D for water surfaces in hurricane-prone regions, and revised wind-borne debris regions. A new simplified procedure for buildings up to 160 ft has been added based on the provisions for buildings of all heights.

ASCE Subject Headings:
Wind loads
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