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Wind loads on buildings: A code of practice perspective


Wind loads on buildings: A code of practice perspective

Stathopoulos, Ted and Alrawashdeh, Hatem (2020) Wind loads on buildings: A code of practice perspective. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 206 . pp. 1-14. ISSN 0167-6105

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104338


The paper reviews the wind loading of buildings from a code perspective. The Canadian wind load provisions for buildings, due primarily to the ingenuity of Alan G. Davenport, have gained an international reputation after recognition for their innovative and pioneering character by researchers and practitioners across the globe. In this regard, these provisions have been influential in the development and evolution of various national and international wind load standards, including the ASCE 7, the ISO wind load standard, the Eurocode, the China standard for wind loads on roof structures and others. The paper provides first an overview of ASCE 7 (USA), NBCC (Canada) and GB 50009 (China) to gain some insight into the extent to which the external pressures, internal pressures, exposure issues and topography - among others - are currently being addressed through these provisions. The current similarities and differences among wind load provisions for buildings are outlined and attempts are made to resolve some of the apparent discrepancies leading to possibly non-conservative results. Ultimately, innovative codification approaches and trends currently under discussion, development and consideration are also presented.

Divisions:Concordia University > Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science > Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Item Type:Article
Authors:Stathopoulos, Ted and Alrawashdeh, Hatem
Journal or Publication:Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics
Date:November 2020
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):10.1016/j.jweia.2020.104338
ID Code:991245
Deposited By: Theodore Stathopoulos
Deposited On:01 Nov 2022 17:51
Last Modified:01 Nov 2022 17:51
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