Live-Load Survey Results for Office Buildings

by Charles G. Culver, (M.ASCE), Disaster Research Program Coordinator; Center for Building Tech., National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 12, Pg. 2269-2284

Document Type: Journal Paper


Live-load data obtained from a survey of 23 office buildings located in various regions throughout the United States are presented. The buildings ranged in height from two stories to 49 stories. Data for government and private office buildings are included. Statistical summaries of the data are presented and the effects of various factors such as building height, building age, geographic location, room use, and room size are considered. A mathematical model expressing the relationship between the live load in offices and the significant factors affecting the load magnitude is also presented. The data presented may be used to evaluate current requirements for design loads for buildings and also for research studies of load effects in buildings.

Subject Headings: Building design | Live loads | Geomatic surveys | Commercial buildings | Government buildings | Statistics | Age factors | Mathematical models | United States

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