Lessons Learned From Hugo About Building Design Trends

by Gill Harris, Metal Building Manufacturers Assoc, Cleveland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hurricane Hugo One Year Later


An investigation of 100 buildings was made to evaluate their resistances to Hurricane Hugo which occurred on September 21 and 22, 1989 at Charleston, South Carolina. A nearby anemometer provided relatively well known conditions for the buildings. Performance of the buildings indicated improvements in current wind load criteria. Reasons are given for the suggested used of peak gusts instead of fastest mile wind speeds.

Subject Headings: Building design | Building codes | Wind loads | Structural systems | Building systems | Wind gusts | Wind speed | Measuring instruments | South Carolina | United States

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