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Standard ASCE 7-16 Recently Published
June 27, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has recently announced that Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16, provides the most up-to-date and coordinated loading standard for general structural design.

This new edition of ASCE 7, which supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-10, describes the means for determining design loads including dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, wind, and fire, as well as how to assess load combinations.

Significant changes in ASCE 7-16 include the following:
• new seismic maps reflecting the updated National Seismic Hazard Maps;
• new wind speed maps, including new Hawaii maps, that result in reduced wind speeds for much of the United States, clarified special wind study zones, and separate Risk Category IV from Category III;
• new snow load maps incorporating regional snow data for areas that previously required site-specific case study zones;
• updated rain duration provisions that align design requirements with International Plumbing Code provisions for drainage;
• entirely new chapter covering tsunami design provisions, which are important to Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington; and
• new appendix provisions for fire design.

Standard provisions are accompanied by a detailed commentary with explanatory and supplementary information developed to assist users of the standard, including design practitioners, building code committees, and regulatory authorities. Structural engineers, architects, and those engaged in preparing and administering local building codes will find the structural load requirements essential to their practice.

To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore.

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