Guides to wood construction in high wind areas updated

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The guides establish prescriptive, wind-resistive structural requirements for wood-frame buildings of different sizes and shapes

June 22, 2015

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released a series of updated Guides to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas. Based on provisions contained in AWC's 2012 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM), the guides establish prescriptive, wind-resistive structural requirements for wood-frame buildings of different sizes and shapes.

The provisions, developed specifically for builders, are directed toward ensuring structural integrity for resisting wind loads. Separate documents address wind design requirements for 115-, 120-, 130-, 140-, 150- and 160-miles-per-hour (Exposures B and C) wind zones. About half of the states in the United States have adopted the 2012 International Residential Code, which means the 2012 WFCM and these guides are accepted in those states.

The guides are available on the AWC website.

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