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# 2305.2.5 Rigid Diaphragms

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Design of structures with rigid diaphragms shall conform to the structure configuration requirements of Section 9.5.2.3 of ASCE 7 and the horizontal shear distribution requirements of Section 9.5.5.5 of ASCE 7.

Open front structures with rigid wood diaphragms resulting in torsional force distribution are permitted provided the length,

*l*, of the diaphragm normal to the open side does not exceed 25 feet (7620 mm), the diaphragm sheathing conforms to Section 2305.2.4, and the*l/w*ratio [as shown in Figure 2305.2.5(1)] is less than 1.0 for one-story structures or 0.67 for structures over one story in height.**Exception:**Where calculations show that diaphragm deflections can be tolerated, the length,

*l*, normal to the open end is permitted to be increased to a

*l/w*ratio not greater than 1.5 where sheathed in compliance with Section 2305.2.4 or to 1.0 where sheathed in compliance with Section 2306.3.4 or 2306.3.5.

Rigid wood diaphragms are permitted to cantilever past the outermost supporting shear wall (or other vertical resisting element) a length,

*l*, of not more than 25 feet (7620 mm) or two-thirds of the diaphragm width,*w*, whichever is the smaller. Figure 2305.2.5(2) illustrates the dimensions of*l*and*w*for a cantilevered diaphragm. Structures with rigid wood diaphragms having a torsional irregularity in accordance with Table 1616.5.1.1, Item 1, shall meet the following requirements: The

*l/w*ratio shall not exceed 1.0 for one-story structures or 0.67 for structures over one story in height, where*l*is the dimension parallel to the load direction for which the irregularity exists.**Exception:**Where calculations demonstrate that the diaphragm deflections can be tolerated, the width is permitted to be increased and the

*l/w*ratio is permitted to be increased to 1.5 where sheathed in compliance with Section 2306.3.4 or 2306.3.5.

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