ADOPTS WITH AMENDMENTS:

International Building Code 2018 (IBC 2018)

Heads up: There are no amended sections in this chapter.

14B-16-1601 The provisions of Section 1601 of IBC are adopted by reference without modification.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

The provisions of this chapter shall govern the structural design of buildings, structures and portions thereof regulated by this code.

14B-16-1602 The provisions of Section 1602 of IBC are adopted by reference without modification.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

The following notations are used in this chapter:

D = Dead load.
Di = Weight of ice in accordance with Chapter 10 of ASCE 7.
E = Combined effect of horizontal and vertical earthquake induced forces as defined in Section 2.3.6 of ASCE 7.
F = Load due to fluids with well-defined pressures and maximum heights.
Fa = Flood load in accordance with Chapter 5 of ASCE 7.
H = Load due to lateral earth pressures, ground water pressure or pressure of bulk materials.
L = Roof live load greater than 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2) and floor live load.
Lr = Roof live load of 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2) or less.
R = Rain load.
S = Snow load.
T = Cumulative effects of self-straining load forces and effects.
Vasd = Allowable stress design wind speed, miles per hour (mph) (km/hr) where applicable.
V = Basic design wind speeds, miles per hour (mph) (km/hr) determined from Figures 1609.3(1) through 1609.3(8) or ASCE 7.
W = Load due to wind pressure.
Wi = Wind-on-ice in accordance with Chapter 10 of ASCE 7.

14B-16-1603 The provisions of Section 1603 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Construction documents shall show the size, section and relative locations of structural members with floor levels, column centers and offsets dimensioned. The design loads and other information pertinent to the structural design required by Sections 1603.1.1 through 1603.1.9 shall be indicated on the construction documents.

Exception: Construction documents for buildings constructed in accordance with the conventional light-frame construction provisions of Section 2308 shall indicate the following structural design information:

  1. Floor and roof dead and live loads.
  2. Ground snow load, pg.
  3. Basic design wind speed, V, miles per hour (mph) (km/hr) and allowable stress design wind speed, Vasd, as determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 and wind exposure.
  4. Seismic design category and site class.
  5. [Reserved]
  6. Design load-bearing values of soils.
  7. Rain load data.
The uniformly distributed, concentrated and impact floor live load used in the design shall be indicated for floor areas. Use of live load reduction in accordance with Section 1607.11 shall be indicated for each type of live load used in the design.
The roof live load used in the design shall be indicated for roof areas (Section 1607.13).

The ground snow load, Pg, shall be indicated. The following additional information shall also be provided, regardless of whether snow loads govern the design of the roof:

  1. Flat-roof snow load, Pf.
  2. Snow exposure factor, Ce.
  3. Snow load importance factor, Is.
  4. Thermal factor, Ct.
  5. Slope factor(s), Cs.
  6. Drift surcharge load(s), Pd.
  7. Width of snow drift(s), w.

The following information related to wind loads shall be shown, regardless of whether wind loads govern the design of the lateral force-resisting system of the structure:

  1. Basic design wind speed, V, miles per hour or allowable stress design wind speed, Vasd, as determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1.
  2. Risk category.
  3. Wind exposure. Applicable wind direction if more than one wind exposure is utilized.
  4. Applicable internal pressure coefficient.
  5. Design wind pressures to be used for exterior component and cladding materials not specifically designed by the registered design professional responsible for the design of the structure, psf (kN/m2).
  6. Design base shear(s).

The following information related to seismic loads shall be shown, regardless of whether seismic loads govern the design of the lateral force-resisting system of the structure:

  1. Risk category.
  2. Seismic importance factor, Ie.
  3. Mapped spectral response acceleration parameters, SS and S1.
  4. Site class.
  5. Design spectral response acceleration parameters, SDS and SD1.
  6. Seismic design category.

    The following information shall be shown for structures assigned to seismic design category B, C or D:

  7. Basic seismic force-resisting system(s).
  8. Design base shear(s).
  9. Seismic response coefficient(s), CS.
  10. Response modification coefficient(s), R.
  11. Analysis procedure used.
The design load-bearing values of soils shall be shown on the construction documents.
Special loads that are applicable to the design of the building, structure or portions thereof, including but not limited to the loads of machinery or equipment, and that are greater than specified floor and roofloads shall be specified by their descriptions and locations.

The dead load of rooftop-mounted photovoltaic panel systems, including rack support systems, shall be indicated on the construction documents.

14B-16-1604 The provisions of Section 1604 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Building, structures and parts thereof shall be designed and constructed in accordance with strength design, load and resistance factor design, allowable stress design, empirical design or conventional construction methods, as permitted by the applicable material chapters and referenced standards.

Buildings and other structures, and parts thereof, shall be designed and constructed to support the factored loads in load combinations defined in this code without exceeding the appropriate strength limit states for the materials of construction. Alternatively, buildings and other structures, and parts thereof, shall be designed and constructed to support the nominal loads in load combinations defined in this code without exceeding the appropriate specified allowable stresses for the materials of construction.

Loads and forces for occupancies or uses not covered in this chapter shall be approved by the building official.

Structural systems and members thereof shall be designed to have adequate stiffness to limit deflections as indicated in Table 1604.3. Drift limits applicable to earthquake loading shall be in accordance with ASCE 7 Chapter 12, 13, 15 or 16, as applicable.

TABLE 1604.3
DEFLECTION LIMITSa, b, c, h, i

CONSTRUCTION L or Lr S or W f D + Ld, g
Roof members:e      
Supporting plaster or stucco ceiling l/360 l/360 l/240
Supporting nonplaster ceiling l/240 l/240 l/180
Not supporting ceiling l/180 l/180 l/120
Floor members l/360 l/240
Exterior walls:      
With plaster or stucco finishes l/360
With other brittle finishes l/240
With flexible finishes l/120
Interior partitions:b      
With plaster or stucco finishes l/360
With other brittle finishes l/240
With flexible finishes l/120
Farm buildings l/180
Greenhouses l/120

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm.

  1. For structural roofing and siding made of formed metal sheets, the total load deflection shall not exceed l/60. For secondary roof structural members supporting formed metal roofing, the live load deflection shall not exceed l/150. For secondary wall members supporting formed metal siding, the design wind load deflection shall not exceed l/90. For roofs, this exception only applies when the metal sheets have no roof covering.
  2. Flexible, folding and portable partitions are not governed by the provisions of this section. The deflection criterion for interior partitions is based on the horizontal load defined in Section 1607.15.
  3. See Section 2403 for glass supports.
  4. The deflection limit for the D+(L+Lr) load combination only applies to the deflection due to the creep component of long-term dead load deflection plus the short-term live load deflection. For lumber, structural glued laminated timber, prefabricated wood I-joists and structural composite lumber members that are dry at time of installation and used under dry conditions in accordance with the ANSI/AWC NDS, the creep component of the long-term deflection shall be permitted to be estimated as the immediate dead load deflection resulting from 0.5D. For lumber and glued laminated timber members installed or used at all other moisture conditions or cross laminated timber and wood structural panels that are dry at time of installation and used under dry conditions in accordance with the ANSI/AWC NDS, the creep component of the long-term deflection is permitted to be estimated as the immediate dead load deflection resulting from D. The value of 0.5D shall not be used in combination with ANSI/AWC NDS provisions for long-term loading.
  5. The preceding deflections do not ensure against ponding. Roofs that do not have sufficient slope or camber to ensure adequate drainage shall be investigated for ponding. See Chapter 8 of ASCE 7.
  6. The wind load shall be permitted to be taken as 0.42 times the "component and cladding" loads or directly calculated using the 10-year mean return interval wind speed for the purpose of determining deflection limits in Table 1604.3. Where framing members support glass, the deflection limit therein shall not exceed that specified in Section 1604.3.7
  7. For steel structural members, the deflection due to creep component of long-term dead load shall be permitted to be taken as zero.
  8. For aluminum structural members or aluminum panels used in skylights and sloped glazing framing, roofs or walls of sunroom additions or patio covers not supporting edge of glass or aluminum sandwich panels, the total load deflection shall not exceed l/60. For continuous aluminum structural members supporting edge of glass, the total load deflection shall not exceed l/175 for each glass lite or l/60 for the entire length of the member, whichever is more stringent. For aluminum sandwich panels used in roofs or walls of sunroom additions or patio covers, the total load deflection shall not exceed 1/120.
  9. l = Length of the member between supports. For cantilever members, l shall be taken as twice the length of the cantilever.
The deflections of structural members shall not exceed the more restrictive of the limitations of Sections 1604.3.2 through 1604.3.5 or that permitted by Table 1604.3.
The deflection of reinforced concrete structural members shall not exceed that permitted by ACI 318.
The deflection of steel structural members shall not exceed that permitted by AISC 360, AISI S100, ASCE 8, SJI 100 or SJI 200, as applicable.
The deflection of masonry structural members shall not exceed that permitted by TMS 402.
The deflection of aluminum structural members shall not exceed that permitted by AA ADM.
The deflection limits of Section 1604.3.1 shall be used unless more restrictive deflection limits are required by a referenced standard for the element or finish material.

The deflection of framing members supporting glass subjected to 0.6 times the "component and cladding" wind loads shall not exceed either of the following:

  1. 1/175 of the length of span of the framing member, for framing members having a length not more than 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm).
  2. 1/240 of the length of span of the framing member + 1/4 inch (6.4 mm), for framing members having a length greater than 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm).

Load effects on structural members and their connections shall be determined by methods of structural analysis that take into account equilibrium, general stability, geometric compatibility and both short- and long-term material properties.

Members that tend to accumulate residual deformations under repeated service loads shall have included in their analysis the effects of added deformations expected to occur during their service life.

Any system or method of construction to be used shall be based on a rational analysis in accordance with well-established principles of mechanics. Such analysis shall result in a system that provides a complete load path capable of transferring loads from their point of origin to the load-resisting elements.

The total lateral force shall be distributed to the various vertical elements of the lateral force-resisting system in proportion to their rigidities, considering the rigidity of the horizontal bracing system or diaphragm. Rigid elements assumed not to be a part of the lateral force-resisting system are permitted to be incorporated into buildings provided that their effect on the action of the system is considered and provided for in the design. A diaphragm is rigid for the purpose of distribution of story shear and torsional moment when the lateral deformation of the diaphragm is less than or equal to two times the average story drift. Where required by ASCE 7, provisions shall be made for the increased forces induced on resisting elements of the structural system resulting from torsion due to eccentricity between the center of application of the lateral forces and the center of rigidity of the lateral force-resisting system.

Every structure shall be designed to resist the effects caused by the forces specified in this chapter, including overturning, uplift and sliding. Where sliding is used to isolate the elements, the effects of friction between sliding elements shall be included as a force.

Each building and structure shall be assigned a risk category in accordance with Table 1604.5. Where a referenced standard specifies an occupancy category, the risk category shall not be taken as lower than the occupancy category specified therein. Where a referenced standard specifies that the assignment of a risk category be in accordance with ASCE 7, Table 1.5-1, Table 1604.5 shall be used in lieu of ASCE 7, Table 1.5-1.

TABLE 1604.5
RISK CATEGORY OF BUILDINGS AND OTHER STRUCTURES

RISK CATEGORY NATURE OF OCCUPANCY
I Structures that represent a low hazard to human life in the event of failure, including but not limited to:
II Structures except those listed in Risk Categories I, III and IV.
III Structures that represent a substantial hazard to human life in the event of failure, including but not limited to:

  • Buildings containing one or more Group A occupancies with a combined occupant load in Group A occupancies greater than 1,000.a
  • Buildings containing Group E occupancies with an occupant load greater than 500.a
  • Buildings containing Group I-2, Condition 1 occupancies with 50 or more care recipients.
  • Buildings containing Group I-2, Condition 2 occupancies not providing emergency surgery or emergency treatment.
  • Buildings containing Group I-3 occupancies.
  • Any other building with an occupant load greater than 5,000.a
  • Power-generating stations, water treatment facilities for potable water, wastewater treatment facilities and other public utility structures not included in Risk Category IV.
  • Structures not included in Risk Category IV containing quantities of toxic or explosive materials that exceed maximum allowable quantities per control area as given in Table 307.1(1) or 307.1(2) or per outdoor control area in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code; and are sufficient to pose a threat to the public if released.b
IV Structures designated as essential facilities, including but not limited to:

  • Buildings containing Group I-2, Condition 2 occupancies providing emergency surgery or emergency treatment.
  • Buildings containing fire, rescue, ambulance and police stations and emergency vehicle garages.
  • Buildings containing earthquake, hurricane or other emergency shelters.
  • Designated emergency preparedness, communications and operations centers and other structures required for emergency response.
  • Power-generating stations and other utility structures providing emergency backup for Risk Category IV structures.
  • Structures containing quantities of highly toxic materials that: exceed maximum allowable quantities per control area as given in Table 307.1(2) or per outdoor control area in accordance with the Chicago Fire Prevention Code; and are sufficient to pose a threat to the public if released.b
  • Aviation control towers, air traffic control centers and emergency aircraft hangars.
  • Structures having critical public safety or national defense functions.
  • Water storage and pump structures required to maintain water pressure for fire suppression.
  1. Occupant load shall be determined in accordance with Table 1004.5.
  2. Where approved by the fire code official, the classification of structures as Risk Category III or IV based on their quantities of toxic, highly toxic or explosive materials is permitted to be reduced to Risk Category II, provided that it can be demonstrated by a hazard assessment in accordance with Section 1.5.3 of ASCE 7 that a release of the hazardous materials is not sufficient to pose a threat to the public.

Where a building or structure is occupied by two or more occupancies not included in the same risk category, it shall be assigned the classification of the highest risk category corresponding to the various occupancies. Where buildings or structures have two or more portions that are structurally separated, each portion shall be separately classified. Where a separated portion of a building or structure provides required access to, required egress from or shares life safety components with another portion having a higher risk category, both portions shall be assigned to the higher risk category.

The building official is authorized to require an engineering analysis or a load test, or both, of any construction whenever there is reason to question the safety of the construction for the intended occupancy. Engineering analysis and load tests shall be conducted in accordance with Section 1708.
Materials and methods of construction that are not capable of being designed by accepted engineering analysis or that do not comply with the applicable referenced standards, or alternative test procedures in accordance with Section 1707, shall be load tested in accordance with Section 1709.
Buildings and other structures, and portions thereof, shall be provided with anchorage in accordance with Sections 1604.8.1 through 1604.8.3, as applicable.
Anchorage of the roof to walls and columns, and of walls and columns to foundations, shall be provided to resist the uplift and sliding forces that result from the application of the prescribed loads.
Walls that provide vertical load-bearing resistance or lateral shear resistance for a portion of the structure shall be anchored to the roof and to all floors and members that provide lateral support for the wall or that are supported by the wall. The connections shall be capable of resisting the horizontal forces specified in Section 1.4.4 of ASCE 7 for walls of structures assigned to Seismic Design Category A and to Section 12.11 of ASCE 7 for walls of structures assigned to all other seismic design categories. Required anchors in masonry walls of hollow units or cavity walls shall be embedded in a reinforced grouted structural element of the wall. See Sections 1609 for wind design requirements and 1613 for earthquake design requirements.

Where supported by attachment to an exterior wall, decks, porches, exterior balconies and similar structures shall be positively anchored to the primary building structure and designed for both vertical and lateral loads as applicable. Such attachment shall not be accomplished by the use of toenails or nails subject to withdrawal. Where positive connection to the primary building structure cannot be verified, decks, porches, exterior balconies and similar structures shall be self-supporting. Connections of decks, porches, exterior balconies and similar structures with cantilevered framing members to exterior walls or other framing members shall be designed for both of the following:

  1. The reactions resulting from the dead load and live load specified in Table 1607.1, or the snow load specified in Section 1608, in accordance with Section 1605, acting on all portions of the structure.
  2. The reactions resulting from the dead load and live load specified in Table 1607.1, or the snow load specified in Section 1608, in accordance with Section 1605, acting on the cantilevered portion of the structure, and no live load or snow load on the remaining portion of the structure.

Lateral force-resisting systems shall meet seismic detailing requirements and limitations prescribed in this code and ASCE 7 Chapters 11, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18 as applicable, even where wind load effects are greater than seismic load effects.

Exception: References within ASCE 7 to Chapter 14 shall not apply, except as specifically required herein.

14B-16-1605 The provisions of Section 1605 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Buildings and other structures and portions thereof shall be designed to resist all of the following:

  1. The load combinations specified in Section 1605.2 or 1605.3.1.
  2. The load combinations specified in Chapters 18 through 23.
  3. The seismic load effects including overstrength factor in accordance with Sections 2.3.6 and 2.4.5 of ASCE 7 where required by Chapters 12, 13, and 15 of ASCE 7. With the simplified procedure of ASCE 7, Section 12.14, the seismic load effects including overstrength factor in accordance with Section 12.14.3.2 and Chapter 2 of ASCE 7 shall be used.

Applicable loads shall be considered, including both earthquake and wind, in accordance with the specified load combinations. Each load combination shall also be investigated with one or more of the variable loads set to zero.

Where the load combinations with overstrength factor in Sections 2.3.6 and 2.4.5 of ASCE 7 apply, they shall be used as follows:

  1. The basic combinations for strength design with overstrength factor in lieu of Equations 16-5 and 16-7 in Section 1605.2.
  2. The basic combinations for allowable stress design with overstrength factor in lieu of Equations 16-12, 16-14 and 16-16 in Section 1605.3.1.
  3. [Reserved]
Regardless of which load combinations are used to design for strength, where overall structure stability (such as stability against overturning, sliding, or buoyancy) is being verified, use of the load combinations specified in Section 1605.2 or 1605.3 shall be permitted. Where the load combinations specified in Section 1605.2 are used, strength reduction factors applicable to soil resistance shall be provided by a registered geotechnical engineer. The stability of retaining walls shall be verified in accordance with Section 1807.2.3.

Where strength design or load and resistance factor design is used, buildings and other structures, and portions thereof, shall be designed to resist the most critical effects resulting from the following combinations of factored loads:


(Equation 16-1)

(Equation 16-2)

(Equation 16-3)

(Equation 16-4)

(Equation 16-5)

(Equation 16-6)

(Equation 16-7)

where:

f1 = 1 for places of public assembly live loads in excess of 100 pounds per square foot (4.79 kN/m2), and parking garages; and 0.5 for other live loads.

f2 = 0.7 for roof configurations (such as saw tooth) that do not shed snow off the structure, and 0.2 for other roof configurations.

Exceptions:

  1. Where other factored load combinations are specifically required by other provisions of this code, such combinations shall take precedence.
  2. Where the effect of H resists the primary variable load effect, a load factor of 0.9 shall be included with H where H is permanent and H shall be set to zero for all other conditions.
Where self-straining loads, T, are considered in design, their structural effects in combination with other loads shall be determined in accordance with Section 2.3.4 of ASCE 7. Where an ice-sensitive structure is subjected to loads due to atmospheric icing, the load combinations of Section 2.3.3 of ASCE 7 shall be considered.

Where allowable stress design (working stress design), as permitted by this code, is used, structures and portions thereof shall resist the most critical effects resulting from the following combinations of loads:


(Equation 16-8)

(Equation 16-9)

(Equation 16-10)

(Equation 16-11)

(Equation 16-12)

(Equation 16-13)

(Equation 16-14)

(Equation 16-15)

(Equation 16-16)

Exceptions:

  1. Crane hook loads need not be combined with roof live load or with more than three-fourths of the snow load or one-half of the wind load.
  2. Flat roof snow loads of 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2) or less and roof live loads of 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2) or less need not be combined with seismic loads. Where flat roof snow loads exceed 30 psf (1.44 kN/m2), 20 percent shall be combined with seismic loads.
  3. Where the effect of H resists the primary variable load effect, a load factor of 0.6 shall be included with H where H is permanent and H shall be set to zero for all other conditions.
  4. In Equation 16-15, the wind load, W, is permitted to be reduced in accordance with Exception 2 of Section 2.4.1 of ASCE 7.
  5. In Equation 16-16, 0.6 D is permitted to be increased to 0.9 D for the design of special reinforced masonry shear walls complying with Chapter 21.

Increases in allowable stresses specified in the appropriate material chapter or the referenced standards shall not be used with the load combinations of Section 1605.3.1, except that increases shall be permitted in accordance with Chapter 23.

Where self-straining loads, T, are considered in design, their structural effects in combination with other loads shall be determined in accordance with Section 2.4.4 of ASCE 7. Where an ice-sensitive structure is subjected to loads due to atmospheric icing, the load combinations of Section 2.4.3 of ASCE 7 shall be considered.

14B-16-1606 The provisions of Section 1606 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modification:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Dead loads are those loads defined in Chapter 2 of this code. Dead loads shall be considered to be permanent loads.
For purposes of design, the actual weights of materials of construction and fixed equipment shall be used. In the absence of definite information, values used shall be approved by the building official.

14B-16-1607 The provisions of Section 1607 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Amended Coun. J. 10-7-20, p. 21791.

Live loads are those loads defined in Chapter 2 of this code.

TABLE 1607.1

MINIMUM UNIFORMLY DISTRIBUTED LIVE LOADS, L0, AND MINIMUM CONCENTRATED LIVE LOADSg

OCCUPANCY OR USE UNIFORM
(psf)
CONCENTRATED (pounds)
1. Apartments (see residential)
2. Access floor systems    
Office use 50 2,000
Telecommunication equipment area 100 2,000
3. Armories and drill rooms 150n
4. Assembly areas  
Dressing rooms 40
Fixed seats (fastened to floor) 60m
Follow spot, projections and
control rooms
50
Lobbies 100m
Movable seats 100m
Stage floors 150n
Platforms (assembly) 100m
Other assembly areas 100m
5. Porches, exterior balconies, decks and similar structuresh    
Accessible from a single dwelling unit 60 300f
All others 100 300f
6. Catwalks 40 300
7. Cornices 60
8. Corridors  
First floor
Other floors
100
  Same as
occupancy
served except
as indicated
9. Dining rooms and restaurants including
associated kitchens
100m
10. Dwellings (see residential)
11. Elevator machine room and control-
room grating (on area of 2 inches
by 2 inches)
300
12. Finish light floor plate construction
(on area of 1 inch by 1 inch)
200
13. Fire escapes 100
14. Garages (passenger vehicles only) 40° Note a
Trucks and buses See Section 1607.7
15. Handrails, guards and grab bars See Section 1607.8
16. Helipads See Section 1607.6
17. Hospitals    
Corridors above first floor 80 1,000
Operating rooms, laboratories 60 1,000
Patient rooms 40 1,000
18. Hotels (see residential)
19. Libraries    
Corridors above first floor 80 1,000
Reading rooms 60 1,000
Stack rooms 150b, n 1,000
20. Manufacturing    
Heavy 250n 3,000
Light 125n 2,000
21. Mechanical Rooms 125p
22. Offices    
Corridors above first floor 80 2,000
File rooms other than high-density files 100
Telecommunication equipment areas 125p
Lobbies and first-floor corridors 100 2,000
Offices and work area 50 2,000
23. Penal institutions  
Cell blocks 40
Corridors 100
24. Recreational uses:  
Bowling alleys, poolrooms and
similar uses
75m
Dance halls and ballrooms 100m
Gymnasiums 100m
Ice skating rink 250n
Reviewing stands, grandstands and 100c, m
Roller skating rink 100m
Stadiums and arenas with fixed
seats (fastened to floor)
60c, m
25. Residential  
Group R-3, R-4 and R-5 occupancies  
Uninhabitable attics without storagei 10
Uninhabitable attics with storagei, j, k 20
All other areas 40
Group R-1 and R-2 occupancies  
Private rooms and corridors serving
them
40
Public roomsm and corridors serving
them
100
26. Roofs    
All roof surfaces subject to maintenance
workers
  300
Awnings and canopies:    
Fabric construction supported by a
skeleton structure
5m  
All other construction 20  
Ordinary flat, pitched, and curved
roofs (that are not occupiable)
20  
Primary roof members exposed to a
work floor
   
Single panel point of lower chord
of roof trusses or any point along
primary structural members
supporting roofs over manufacturing,
storage warehouses, and
  2,000
All other primary roof members   300
Occupiable rooftops:    
Roof gardens 100  
Assembly areas 100m  
All other similar areas note 1 note 1
27. Schools    
Classrooms 40 1,000
Corridors above first floor 80 1,000
First-floor corridors 100 1,000
Shops 100 2,000
28. Scuttles, skylight ribs and accessible
ceilings
200
29. Sidewalks, vehicular driveways and
yards, subject to trucking
250d, n 8,000e
30. Stairs and exits    
Group R-5 (interior) 40 300f
All other 100 300f
31. Storage (shall be designed for
heavier loads if required for
anticipated storage)
 
Heavy 250n
Light 125n
Telecommunications equipment areas 100p
32. Stores    
Retail    
First floor 100 1,000
Upper floors 75 1,000
Wholesale, all floors 125n 1,000
33. Vehicle barriers See Section 1607.9
34. Walkways and elevated platforms
(other than exitways)
60
35. Yards and terraces, pedestrians 100m

For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 square inch = 645.16 mm2, 1 square foot = 0.0929 m2, 1 pound per square foot = 0.0479 kN/m2, 1 pound = 0.004448 kN, 1 pound per cubic foot = 16 kg/m3.

  1. Floors in garages or portions of buildings used for the storage of motor vehicles shall be designed for the uniformly distributed live loads of this table or the following concentrated loads: (1) for garages restricted to passenger vehicles accommodating not more than nine passengers, 3,000 pounds acting on an area of 41/2 inches by 41/2 inches; (2) for mechanical parking structures without slab or deck that are used for storing passenger vehicles only, 2,250 pounds per wheel.
  2. The loading applies to stack room floors that support nonmobile, double-faced library book stacks, subject to the following limitations:

    1. The nominal book stack unit height shall not exceed 90 inches.
    2. The nominal shelf depth shall not exceed 12 inches for each face.
    3. Parallel rows of double-faced book stacks shall be separated by aisles not less than 36 inches wide.
  3. Design in accordance with ICC 300.
  4. Other uniform loads in accordance with an accepted engineering practice containing provisions for truck loadings shall be considered where appropriate.
  5. The concentrated wheel load shall be applied on an area of 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.
  6. The minimum concentrated load on stair treads shall be applied on an area of 2 inches by 2 inches. This load need not be assumed to act concurrently with the uniform load.
  7. Where snow loads occur that are in excess of the design conditions, the structure shall be designed to support the loads due to the increased loads caused by drift buildup or a greater snow design determined by the building official (see Section 1608).
  8. See Section 1604.8.3 for decks attached to exterior walls.
  9. Uninhabitable attics without storage are those where the maximum clear height between the joists and rafters is less than 42 inches, or where there are not two or more adjacent trusses with web configurations capable of accommodating an assumed rectangle 42 inches in height by 24 inches in width, or greater, within the plane of the trusses. This live load need not be assumed to act concurrently with any other live load requirements.
  10. Uninhabitable attics with storage are those where the maximum clear height between the joists and rafters is 42 inches or greater, or where there are two or more adjacent trusses with web configurations capable of accommodating an assumed rectangle 42 inches in height by 24 inches in width, or greater, within the plane of the trusses.

    The live load need only be applied to those portions of the joists or truss bottom chords where both of the following conditions are met:

    1. The attic area is accessible from an opening not less than 20 inches in width by 30 inches in length that is located where the clear height in the attic is not less than 30 inches.
    2. The slopes of the joists or truss bottom chords are not greater than two units vertical in 12 units horizontal.

    The remaining portions of the joists or truss bottom chords shall be designed for a uniformly distributed concurrent live load of not less than 10 pounds per square foot.

  11. Attic spaces served by stairways other than the pull-down type shall be designed to support the minimum live load specified for all other areas.
  12. Areas of occupiable rooftops accessible from a single dwelling unit shall be designed in accordance with Row 5. Areas of roofs with vegetation and not intended for occupancy shall be designed in accordance with Section 1607.13.3.
  13. Live load reduction is not permitted.
  14. Live load reduction is only permitted in accordance with Section 1607.11.1.2 or Item 1 of Section 1607.11.2.
  15. Live load reduction is only permitted in accordance with Section 1607.11.1.3 or Item 2 of Section 1607.11.2.
  16. Where actual fixed equipment loads are known, permanent aisles shall be allowed to be designed for a live load of 40 pounds per square foot and equipment areas shall be allowed to be designed for the actual dead loads.
For occupancies or uses not designated in Table 1607.1, the live load shall be approved by the building official.
The live loads used in the design of buildings and other structures shall be the maximum loads expected by the intended use or occupancy but shall not be less than the minimum uniformly distributed live loads given in Table 1607.1.
Floors, roofs and other similar surfaces shall be designed to support the uniformly distributed live loads prescribed in Section 1607.3 or the concentrated live loads, given in Table 1607.1, whichever produces the greater load effects. Unless otherwise specified, the indicated concentration shall be assumed to be uniformly distributed over an area of 21/2 feet by 21/2 feet (762 mm by 762 mm) and shall be located so as to produce the maximum load effects in the structural members.
In office buildings and in other buildings where partition locations are subject to change, provisions for partition weight shall be made, whether or not partitions are shown on the construction documents, unless the specified live load is 80 psf (3.83 kN/m2) or greater. The partition load shall be not less than a uniformly distributed live load of 15 psf (0.72 kN/m2).

Helipads shall be designed for the following live loads:

  1. A uniform live load, L, as specified in Items 1.1 and 1.2. This load shall not be reduced.

    1. 1.1. 40 psf (1.92 kN/m2) where the design basis helicopter has a maximum take-off weight of 3,000 pounds (13.35 kN) or less.
    2. 1.2. 60 psf (2.87 kN/m2) where the design basis helicopter has a maximum take-off weight greater than 3,000 pounds (13.35 kN).
  2. A single concentrated live load, L, of 3,000 pounds (13.35 kN) applied over an area of 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches (114 mm by 114 mm) and located so as to produce the maximum load effects on the structural elements under consideration. The concentrated load is not required to act concurrently with other uniform or concentrated live loads.
  3. Two single concentrated live loads, L, 8 feet (2438 mm) apart applied on the landing pad (representing the helicopter's two main landing gear, whether skid type or wheeled type), each having a magnitude of 0.75 times the maximum take-off weight of the helicopter, and located so as to produce the maximum load effects on the structural elements under consideration. The concentrated loads shall be applied over an area of 8 inches by 8 inches (203 mm by 203 mm) and are not required to act concurrently with other uniform or concentrated live loads.

Landing areas designed for a design basis helicopter with maximum take-off weight of 3,000-pounds (13.35 kN) shall be identified with a 3,000 pound (13.34 kN) weight limitation. The landing area weight limitation shall be indicated by the numeral "3" (kips) located in the bottom right corner of the landing area as viewed from the primary approach path. The indication for the landing area weight limitation shall be a minimum 5 feet (1524 mm) in height.

Floors and other surfaces that are intended to support vehicle loads greater than a 10,000-pound (4536 kg) gross vehicle weight rating shall comply with Sections 1607.7.1 through 1607.7.5.
Where any structure does not restrict access for vehicles that exceed a 10,000-pound (4536 kg) gross vehicle weight rating, those portions of the structure subject to such loads shall be designed using the vehicular live loads, including consideration of impact and fatigue, in accordance with the codes and specifications required by the jurisdiction having authority for the design and construction of the roadways and bridges in the same location of the structure.

Where a structure or portions of a structure are accessed and loaded by fire department access vehicles and other similar emergency vehicles, the structure shall be designed for the greater of the following loads:

  1. The actual operational loads, including outrigger reactions and contact areas of the vehicles.
  2. The live loading specified in Section 1607.7.1.

Garages designed to accommodate vehicles that exceed a 10,000-pound (4536 kg) gross vehicle weight rating, shall be designed using the live loading specified by Section 1607.7.1. For garages the design for impact and fatigue is not required.

Exception: The vehicular live loads and load placement are allowed to be determined using the actual vehicle weights for the vehicles allowed onto the garage floors, provided that such loads and placement are based on rational engineering principles, but shall be not less than 50 psf (2.9 kN/m2). This live load shall not be reduced.

Where a structure is intended to have forklifts or other movable equipment present, the structure shall be designed for the total vehicle or equipment load and the individual wheel loads for the anticipated vehicles as specified by the owner of the facility. These loads shall be posted in accordance with Section 1607.7.5.
Impact loads and fatigue loading shall be considered in the design of the supporting structure. For the purposes of design, the vehicle and wheel loads shall be increased by 30 percent to account for impact.
The maximum weight of vehicles allowed into or on a garage or other structure shall be posted by the owner or the owner's authorized agent in accordance with Section 106.1.
Handrails and guards shall be designed and constructed for the structural loading conditions set forth in Section 1607.8.1. Grab bars, shower seats and accessible benches shall be designed and constructed for the structural loading conditions set forth in Section 1607.8.2.

Handrails and guards shall be designed to resist a linear load of 50 pounds per linear foot (plf) (0.73 kN/m) in accordance with Section 4.5.1.1 of ASCE 7. Glass handrail assemblies and guards shall comply with Section 2407.

Exceptions:

  1. For Group R-5 occupancies and within individual dwelling units, only the single concentrated load required by Section 1607.8.1.1 shall be applied.
  2. In Group I-3, F, H and S occupancies, for areas that are not accessible to the general public and that have an occupant load less than 50, the minimum load shall be 20 pounds per foot (0.29 kN/m).
Handrails and guards shall be designed to resist a concentrated load of 200 pounds (0.89 kN) in accordance with Section 4.5.1.1 of ASCE 7.
Intermediate rails (all those except the handrail), balusters and panel fillers shall be designed to resist a concentrated load of 50 pounds (0.22 kN) in accordance with Section 4.5.1.1 of ASCE 7.
Grab bars, shower seats and dressing room bench seats shall be designed to resist a single concentrated load of 250 pounds (1.11 kN) applied in any direction at any point on the grab bar or seat so as to produce the maximum load effects.
Vehicle barriers for passenger vehicles shall be designed to resist a concentrated load of 6,000 pounds (26.70 kN) in accordance with Section 4.5.3 of ASCE 7. Garages accommodating trucks and buses shall be designed in accordance with an accepted engineering practice that contains provisions for traffic railings.
The live loads specified in Sections 1607.3 through 1607.9 shall be assumed to include adequate allowance for ordinary impact conditions. Provisions shall be made in the structural design for uses and loads that involve unusual vibration and impact forces.
Members, elements and components subject to dynamic loads from elevators shall be designed for impact loads and deflection limits prescribed by Chapter 3 of the Chicago Conveyance Device Code.

For the purpose of design, the weight of machinery and moving loads shall be increased as follows to allow for impact:

  1. Light machinery, shaft- or motor-driven, 20 percent.
  2. Reciprocating machinery or power-driven units, 50 percent.

Percentages shall be increased where specified by the manufacturer.

In addition to any other applicable live loads, structural elements that support hoists for façade access and building maintenance equipment shall be designed for a live load of 2.5 times the rated load of the hoist or the stall load of the hoist, whichever is larger.
In addition to any other applicable live loads, fall arrest and lifeline anchorages and structural elements that support these anchorages shall be designed for a live load of not less than 3,100 pounds (13.8 kN) for each attached lifeline, in every direction that a fall arrest load can be applied.
Except for uniform live loads at roofs, all other minimum uniformly distributed live loads, Lo, in Table 1607.1 are permitted to be reduced in accordance with Section 1607.11.1 or 1607.11.2. Uniform live loads at roofs are permitted to be reduced in accordance with Section 1607.13.2.

Subject to the limitations of Sections 1607.11.1.1 through 1607.11.1.3 and Table 1607.1, members for which a value of KLLAT is 400 square feet (37.16 m2) or more are permitted to be designed for a reduced uniformly distributed live load, L, in accordance with the following equation:


(Equation 16-23)

For SI:

where:

L = Reduced design live load per square foot (m2) of area supported by the member.

Lo = Unreduced design live load per square foot (m2) of area supported by the member (see Table 1607.1).

KLL = Live load element factor (see Table 1607.11.1).

AT = Tributary area, in square feet (m2).

L shall be not less than 0.50Lo for members supporting one floor and L shall be not less than 0.40Lo for members supporting two or more floors.

TABLE 1607.11.1

LIVE LOAD ELEMENT FACTOR, KLL

ELEMENT KLL
Interior columns 4
Exterior columns without cantilever slabs 4
Edge columns with cantilever slabs 3
Corner columns with cantilever slabs 2
Edge beams without cantilever slabs 2
Interior beams 2
Members not previously identified including: 1
Edge beams with cantilever slabs
Cantilever beams
One-way slabs
Two-way slabs
Members without provisions for continuous shear
transfer normal to their span
The tributary area, AT, for use in Equation 16-23 for one-way slabs shall not exceed an area defined by the slab span times a width normal to the span of 1.5 times the slab span.

Live loads that exceed 100 psf (4.79 kN/m2) shall not be reduced.

Exceptions:

  1. The live loads for members supporting two or more floors are permitted to be reduced by not greater than 20 percent, but the live load shall be not less than L as calculated in Section 1607.11.1.
  2. For uses other than storage, where approved, additional live load reductions shall be permitted where shown by the registered design professional that a rational approach has been used and that such reductions are warranted.

The live loads shall not be reduced in passenger vehicle garages.

Exception: The live loads for members supporting two or more floors are permitted to be reduced by not greater than 20 percent, but the live load be shall be not less than L as calculated in Section 1607.11.1.

As an alternative to Section 1607.11.1 and subject to the limitations of Table 1607.1, uniformly distributed live loads are permitted to be reduced in accordance with the following provisions. Such reductions shall apply to slab systems, beams, girders, columns, piers, walls and foundations.

  1. A reduction shall not be permitted where the live load exceeds 100 psf (4.79 kN/m2) except that the design live load for members supporting two or more floors is permitted to be reduced by not greater than 20 percent.

    Exception: For uses other than storage, where approved, additional live load reductions shall be permitted where shown by the registered design professional that a rational approach has been used and that such reductions are warranted.

  2. A reduction shall not be permitted in passenger vehicle parking garages except that the live loads for members supporting two or more floors are permitted to be reduced by not greater than 20 percent.
  3. For live loads not exceeding 100 psf (4.79 kN/m2), the design live load for any structural member supporting 150 square feet (13.94 m2) or more is permitted to be reduced in accordance with Equation 16-24.
  4. For one-way slabs, the area, A, for use in Equation 16-24 shall not exceed the product of the slab span and a width normal to the span of 0.5 times the slab span.

(Equation 16-24)

For SI: R = 0.861(A - 13.94)

Such reduction shall not exceed the smallest of:

  1. 40 percent for members supporting one floor.
  2. 60 percent for members supporting two or more floors.
  3. R as determined by the following equation:

(Equation 16-25)

where:

A = Area of floor supported by the member, square feet (m2).

D = Dead load per square foot (m2) of area supported.

Lo = Unreduced live load per square foot (m2) of area supported.

R = Reduction in percent.

Where uniform floor live loads are involved in the design of structural members arranged so as to create continuity, the minimum applied loads shall be the full dead loads on all spans in combination with the floor live loads on spans selected to produce the greatest load effect at each location under consideration. Floor live loads are permitted to be reduced in accordance with Section 1607.11.
The structural supports of roofs shall be designed to resist wind and, where applicable, snow and earthquake loads, in addition to the dead load of construction and the appropriate live loads as prescribed in this section, or as set forth in Table 1607.1. The live loads acting on a sloping surface shall be assumed to act vertically on the horizontal projection of that surface.
Where uniform roof live loads are reduced to less than 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2) in accordance with Section 1607.13.2.1 and are applied to the design of structural members arranged so as to create continuity, the reduced roof live load shall be applied to adjacent spans or to alternate spans, whichever produces the most unfavorable load effect. See Section 1607.13.2 for reductions in minimum roof live loads and Section 7.5 of ASCE 7 for partial snow loading.
The minimum uniformly distributed live loads of roofs, Lo, in Table 1607.1 are permitted to be reduced in accordance with Section 1607.13.2.1.

Ordinary flat, pitched and curved roofs, and awnings and canopies other than of fabric construction supported by a skeleton structure, are permitted to be designed for a reduced uniformly distributed roof live load, Lr, as specified in the following equations or other controlling combinations of loads as specified in Section 1605, whichever produces the greater load effect.

In structures such as greenhouses, where special scaffolding is used as a work surface for workers and materials during maintenance and repair operations, a lower roof load than specified in the following equations shall not be used unless approved by the building official. Such structures shall be designed for a minimum roof live load of 12 psf (0.58 kN/m2).


(Equation 16-26)

where: 12 ≤ Lr ≤ 20

For SI: Lr = LoR1R2

where: 0.58 ≤ Lr ≤ 0.96

Lo = Unreduced roof live load per square foot (m2) of horizontal projection supported by the member (see Table 1607.1).

Lr = Reduced roof live load per square foot (m2) of horizontal projection supported by the member.

The reduction factors R1 and R2 shall be determined as follows:


(Equation 16-27)

(Equation 16-28)

For SI: 1.2 - 0.011At for 18.58 square meters < At < 55.74 square meters


(Equation 16-29)

where:

At = Tributary area (span length multiplied by effective width) in square feet (m2) supported by the member, and


(Equation 16-30)

(Equation 16-31)

(Equation 16-32)

where:

F = For a sloped roof, the number of inches of rise per foot (for SI: F = 0.12 × slope, with slope expressed as a percentage), or for an arch or dome, the rise-to-span ratio multiplied by 32.

Occupiable rooftops and vegetative roofs are permitted to have their uniformly distributed live loads reduced in accordance with Section 1607.11 for floors.
The weight of all landscaping materials shall be considered as dead load and shall be computed on the basis of saturation of the soil as determined in accordance with Section 3.1.4 of ASCE 7. The uniform design live load in unoccupied landscaped areas on roofs shall be 20 psf (0.958 kN/m2). The uniform design live load for occupied landscaped areas on roofs shall be determined in accordance with Table 1607.1.
Awnings and canopies shall be designed for uniform live loads as required in Table 1607.1 as well as for snow loads and wind loads as specified in Sections 1608 and 1609.
Roof structures that provide support for photovoltaic panel systems shall be designed in accordance with Sections 1607.13.5.1 through 1607.13.5.4, as applicable.

Roof structures that support photovoltaic panel systems shall be designed to resist each of the following conditions:

  1. Applicable uniform and concentrated roof loads with the photovoltaic panel system dead loads.

    Exception: Roof live loads need not be applied to the area covered by photovoltaic panels where the clear space between the panels and the roof surface is 24 inches (610 mm) or less.

  2. Applicable uniform and concentrated roof loads without the photovoltaic panel system present.
The structure of a roof that supports solar photovoltaic panels or modules shall be designed to accommodate the full solar photovoltaic panels or modules and ballast dead load, including concentrated loads from support frames in combination with the loads from Section 1607.13.5.1 and other applicable loads. Where applicable, snow drift loads created by the photovoltaic panels or modules shall be included.
Structures with open grid framing and without a roof deck or sheathing supporting photovoltaic panel systems shall be designed to support the uniform and concentrated roof live loads specified in Section 1607.13.5.1, except that the uniform roof live load shall be permitted to be reduced to 12 psf (0.57 kN/m2).

Solar photovoltaic panels or modules that are independent structures and do not have accessible/occupied space underneath are not required to accommodate a roof photovoltaic live load, provided that the area under the structure is restricted to keep the public away. Other loads and combinations in accordance with Section 1605 shall be accommodated.

Solar photovoltaic panels or modules that are designed to be the roof, span to structural supports and have accessible/occupied space underneath shall have the panels or modules and all supporting structures designed to support a roof photovoltaic live load, as defined in Section 1607.13.5.1 in combination with other applicable loads. Solar photovoltaic panels or modules in this application are not permitted to be classified as "not accessible" in accordance with Section 1607.13.5.1.

Roof structures that provide support for ballasted photovoltaic panel systems shall be designed, or analyzed, in accordance with Section 1604.4; checked in accordance with Section 1604.3.6 for deflections; and checked in accordance with Section 1611 for ponding.
The crane live load shall be the rated capacity of the crane. Design loads for the runway beams, including connections and support brackets, of moving bridge cranes and monorail cranes shall include the maximum wheel loads of the crane and the vertical impact, lateral and longitudinal forces induced by the moving crane.
The maximum wheel loads shall be the wheel loads produced by the weight of the bridge, as applicable, plus the sum of the rated capacity and the weight of the trolley with the trolley positioned on its runway at the location where the resulting load effect is maximum.

The maximum wheel loads of the crane shall be increased by the following percentages to determine the induced vertical impact or vibration force:

Monorail cranes (powered) 25 percent
Cab-operated or remotely operated bridge cranes (powered) 25 percent
Pendant-operated bridge cranes (powered) 10 percent
Bridge cranes or monorail cranes with hand-geared bridge, trolley and hoist 0 percent
The lateral force on crane runway beams with electrically powered trolleys shall be calculated as 20 percent of the sum of the rated capacity of the crane and the weight of the hoist and trolley. The lateral force shall be assumed to act horizontally at the traction surface of a runway beam, in either direction perpendicular to the beam, and shall be distributed with due regard to the lateral stiffness of the runway beam and supporting structure.
The longitudinal force on crane runway beams, except for bridge cranes with hand-geared bridges, shall be calculated as 10 percent of the maximum wheel loads of the crane. The longitudinal force shall be assumed to act horizontally at the traction surface of a runway beam, in either direction parallel to the beam.
Interior walls and partitions that exceed 6 feet (1829 mm) in height, including their finish materials, shall have adequate strength and stiffness to resist the loads to which they are subjected but not less than a horizontal load of 5 psf (0.240 kN/m2).

Fabric partitions that exceed 6 feet (1829 mm) in height, including their finish materials, shall have adequate strength and stiffness to resist the following load conditions:

  1. The horizontal distributed load need only be applied to the partition framing. The total area used to determine the distributed load shall be the area of the fabric face between the framing members to which the fabric is attached. The total distributed load shall be uniformly applied to such framing members in proportion to the length of each member.
  2. A concentrated load of 40 pounds (0.176 kN) applied to an 8-inch-diameter (203 mm) area [50.3 square inches (32 452 mm2)] of the fabric face at a height of 54 inches (1372 mm) above the floor.

14B-16-1608 The provisions of Section 1608 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Design snow loads shall be determined in accordance with Chapter 7 of ASCE 7, but the design roof load shall be not less than that determined by Section 1607.

The ground snow load to be used in determining the design snow loads for roofs shall be 25 pounds per square foot (1.20 kN/m2).

Susceptible bays of roofs shall be evaluated for ponding instability in accordance with Chapters 7 and 8 of ASCE 7.

14B-16-1609 The provisions of Section 1609 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Buildings, structures and parts thereof shall be designed to withstand the minimum wind loads prescribed herein. Decreases in wind loads shall not be made for the effect of shielding by other structures.

Wind loads on every building or structure shall be determined in accordance with Chapters 26 to 30 of ASCE 7. The basic design wind speed, V, and the exposure category for a site shall be determined in accordance with Section 1609. Wind shall be assumed to come from any horizontal direction and wind pressures shall be assumed to act normal to the surface considered.

Exceptions:

  1. [Reserved]
  2. Buildings of Group R-3, R-4 or R-5 occupancy using the provisions of AWC WFCM (including buildings containing up to 3 dwelling units).
  3. Buildings of Group R-3, R-4 or R-5 occupancy using the provisions of AISI S230 (including buildings containing up to 3 dwelling units).
  4. Designs using NAAMM FP 1001.
  5. Designs using TIA-222 for antenna-supporting structures and antennas, provided that the horizontal extent of Topographic Category 2 escarpments in Section 2.6.6.2 of TIA-222 shall be 16 times the height of the escarpment.
  6. Wind tunnel tests in accordance with ASCE 49 and Sections 31.4 and 31.5 of ASCE 7.
  7. Wind loads determined in accordance with Chapter 28 of ASCE 7 shall only be allowed for buildings containing only Group F, S or U occupancies.
  8. Wind loads determined in accordance with Section 1609.6.

The wind speeds in Section 1609.3 are basic design wind speeds, V. Allowable stress design wind speeds, Vasd, from Section 1609.3.1 shall be used when the provisions of the standards referenced in Exceptions 4 and 5 are used.

Special investigations shall be required to determine wind loads for buildings and other structures with a mean roof height exceeding 400 feet (122 m). Special investigations shall be required to determine wind loads for buildings and other structures with a mean roof height of 400 feet (122 m) or less and having irregular shapes, response characteristics or site locations with shielding or channeling effects that warrant special consideration.

The basic design wind speed, V, for nominal design 3-second gust wind speeds at 33 feet (10 m) above ground for exposure category C for the determination of the wind loads shall be as follows.

  1. The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category I structures shall be 101 mph (45 m/s).
  2. The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category II structures shall be 107 mph (48 m/s).
  3. The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category III structures shall be 114 mph (51 m/s).
  4. The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category IV structures shall be 119 mph (53 m/s).

Where required, the basic design wind speeds of Section 1609.3 shall be converted to allowable stress design wind speeds, Vasd, using Equation 16-33.


(Equation 16-33)

where:

Vasd = Allowable stress design wind speed applicable to methods specified in Exceptions 4 and 5 of Section 1609.1.1.

V = Basic design wind speed determined from Section 1609.3.

For each wind direction considered, an exposure category that adequately reflects the characteristics of ground surface irregularities shall be determined for the site at which the building or structure is to be constructed. Account shall be taken of variations in ground surface roughness that arise from natural topography and vegetation as well as from constructed features.
For each selected wind direction at which the wind loads are to be evaluated, the exposure of the building or structure shall be determined for the two upwind sectors extending 45 degrees (0.79 rad) either side of the selected wind direction. The exposures in these two sectors shall be determined in accordance with Sections 1609.4.2 and 1609.4.3 and the exposure resulting in the highest wind loads shall be used to represent winds from that direction.

A ground surface roughness within each 45-degree (0.79 rad) sector shall be determined for a distance upwind of the site as defined in Section 1609.4.3 from the following categories, for the purpose of assigning an exposure category as defined in Section 1609.4.3.

Surface Roughness B. Urban and suburban areas, wooded areas or other terrain with numerous closely spaced obstructions having the size of single-family dwellings or larger.

Surface Roughness C. Open terrain with scattered obstructions having heights generally less than 30 feet (9144 mm). This category includes flat open country, and grasslands.

Surface Roughness D. Flat, unobstructed areas and water surfaces.

An exposure category shall be determined in accordance with the following:

Exposure B. For buildings with a mean roof height of less than or equal to 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness B, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of not less than 1,500 feet (457 m). For buildings with a mean roof height greater than 30 feet (9144 mm), Exposure B shall apply where Surface Roughness B prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of not less than 2,600 feet (792 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater.

Exposure C. Exposure C shall apply for all cases where Exposure B or D does not apply.

Exposure D. Exposure D shall apply where the ground surface roughness, as defined by Surface Roughness D, prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of not less than 5,000 feet (1524 m) or 20 times the height of the building, whichever is greater. Exposure D shall apply where the ground surface roughness immediately upwind of the site is B or C, and the site is within a distance of 600 feet (183 m) or 20 times the building height, whichever is greater, from an Exposure D condition as defined in the previous sentence.

Roof systems shall be designed and constructed in accordance with Sections 1609.5.1 through 1609.5.3, as applicable.
The roof deck shall be designed to withstand the wind pressures determined in accordance with ASCE 7.

Roof coverings shall comply with Section 1609.5.1.

Exception: Rigid tile roof coverings that are air permeable and installed over a roof deck complying with Section 1609.5.1 are permitted to be designed in accordance with Section 1609.5.3.

Asphalt shingles installed over a roof deck complying with Section 1609.5.1 shall comply with the wind-resistance requirements of Section 1504.1.1.

Wind loads on rigid tile roof coverings shall be determined in accordance with the following equation:


(Equation 16-34)

For SI:

where:

b = Exposed width, feet (mm) of the roof tile.

CL = Lift coefficient. The lift coefficient for concrete and clay tile shall be 0.2 or shall be determined by test in accordance with Section 1504.2.1.

GCp = Roof pressure coefficient for each applicable roof zone determined from Chapter 30 of ASCE 7. Roof coefficients shall not be adjusted for internal pressure.

L = Length, feet (mm) of the roof tile.

La = Moment arm, feet (mm) from the axis of rotation to the point of uplift on the roof tile. The point of uplift shall be taken at 0.76L from the head of the tile and the middle of the exposed width. For roof tiles with nails or screws (with or without a tail clip), the axis of rotation shall be taken as the head of the tile for direct deck application or as the top edge of the batten for battened applications. For roof tiles fastened only by a nail or screw along the side of the tile, the axis of rotation shall be determined by testing. For roof tiles installed with battens and fastened only by a clip near the tail of the tile, the moment arm shall be determined about the top edge of the batten with consideration given for the point of rotation of the tiles based on straight bond or broken bond and the tile profile.

Ma = Aerodynamic uplift moment, feet-pounds (N-mm) acting to raise the tail of the tile.

qh = Wind velocity pressure, psf (kN/m2) determined from Section 26.10.2 of ASCE 7.

Concrete and clay roof tiles complying with the following limitations shall be designed to withstand the aerodynamic uplift moment as determined by this section.

  1. The roof tiles shall be either loose laid on battens, mechanically fastened, mortar set or adhesive set.
  2. The roof tiles shall be installed on solid sheathing that has been designed as components and cladding.
  3. An underlayment shall be installed in accordance with Chapter 15.
  4. The tile shall be single lapped interlocking with a minimum head lap of not less than 2 inches (51 mm).
  5. The length of the tile shall be between 1.0 and 1.75 feet (305 mm and 533 mm).
  6. The exposed width of the tile shall be between 0.67 and 1.25 feet (204 mm and 381 mm).
  7. The maximum thickness of the tail of the tile shall not exceed 1.3 inches (33 mm).
  8. Roof tiles using mortar set or adhesive set systems shall have not less than two-thirds of the tile's area free of mortar or adhesive contact.

Where the mean roof height of a structure is 60 feet (18.3 m) or less, wind loads on the main windforce-resisting system and on components and cladding shall be permitted to be determined in accordance with Section 1609.6, provided the following conditions are met:

  1. The structure is classified as "enclosed" in accordance with Chapter 26 of ASCE 7.
  2. Both the windward and leeward wind loads are transmitted by roof and vertically spanning wall assemblies, through continuous floor and roof diaphragms, to the main windforce-resisting system.
  3. The longest horizontal dimension of the structure is no more than five times the shortest horizontal dimension of the structure.
  4. The structure has no unusual geometrical irregularity in spatial form.
  5. The structure does not have response characteristics that make it subject to across-wind loading, vortex shedding, or instability caused by galloping or flutter.
  6. The structure does not have a site location for which channeling effects or buffeting in the wake of upwind obstructions warrant special consideration.

The load due to wind pressure, W, on the main windforce-resisting system shall be based on exposure category and risk category as indicated in Table 1609.6.1.

TABLE 1609.6.1

LOAD DUE TO WIND PRESSURE ON MAIN WINDFORCE-RESISTING SYSTEM

EXPOSURE
CATEGORY
LOAD DUE TO WIND PRESSURE (pounds per
square foot)
Risk Category
I or II III IV
B 25 28 31
C 32 37 40
D 38 43 46

For SI: 1 pound per square foot = 0.0479 kN/m2.

  1. Exposure category shall be determined in accordance with Section 1609.4.3.
  2. Risk category shall be determined in accordance with Section 1604.5.

The load due to wind pressure, W, on components and cladding shall be the values in Table 1609.6.1 multiplied by the multiplier provided in Table 1609.6.2.

TABLE 1609.6.2

MULTIPLIERS TO DETERMINE COMPONENTS AND CLADDING WIND PRESSURE

CONDITION MULTIPLIERk
Flat Roof
(less than 7° slope)
Sloped Gable Roofj
Wall (field)a 1.2 1.2
Wall (corner)a,c 1.4 1.4
Roof (field)b 1.0h 2.0
Roof (edge)b 2.3d, h 3.0f, i
Roof (corner)b 3.2e, h 3.6g, i

For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 degree = 0.017 rad.

  1. Wall pressures shall act toward (positive) or away (negative) from the surface.
  2. Roof pressures shall be considered as acting away (negative) from the surface.
  3. Wall corners shall be defined as a distance from the corner equal to the lesser of 0.1 times the least horizontal dimension or 0.4 times the height in both directions (minimum 3 feet).
  4. Flat roof edges shall be defined as a distance from the roof edge of 1.2 times the height.
  5. Flat roof corners shall be defined as a distance from each roof corner of 0.6 times the height (for a width of 0.2 times the height).
  6. Sloped gable roof edges shall be defined as a distance from the roof edge equal to the lesser of 0.1 times the least horizontal dimension or 0.4 times the height (minimum 3 feet) from the roof edge.
  7. Sloped gable roof corners shall be defined as a distance from any roof corner or peak equal to the lesser of 0.1 times the least horizontal dimension or 0.4 times the height (minimum 3 feet) in both directions.
  8. For overhangs on flat roofs utilize the flat roof multipliers above (includes pressure contribution from both upper and lower surface).
  9. For overhangs on sloped gable roofs, increase the sloped gable roof multipliers above by 30 percent (includes pressure contribution from both upper and lower surface).
  10. Loads above shall not apply to hip roofs (refer to Chapter 30 of ASCE 7).
  11. Resulting wind loads are ultimate wind loads and shall be utilized in load combinations using strength or load and resistance factor design per Section 1605.2 or converted in accordance with Section 1609.3.1.

14B-16-1610 The provisions of Section 1610 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Foundation walls and retaining walls shall be designed to resist lateral soil loads. Soil loads specified in Table 1610.1 shall be used as the minimum design lateral soil loads unless determined otherwise by a geotechnical investigation in accordance with Section 1803. Foundation walls and other walls in which horizontal movement is restricted at the top shall be designed for at-rest pressure. Retaining walls free to move and rotate at the top shall be permitted to be designed for active pressure. Design lateral pressure from surcharge loads shall be added to the lateral earth pressure load. Foundation walls shall be designed to support the weight of the full hydrostatic pressure of undrained backfill unless a drainage system is installed in accordance with Sections 1805.4.2 and 1805.4.3. Where a portion or the whole of the adjacent soil is below a free-water surface, computations shall be based on the weight of the soil diminished by buoyancy, plus full hydrostatic pressure.

Exception: Foundation walls extending not more than 8 feet (2438 mm) below grade and laterally supported at the top by flexible diaphragms shall be permitted to be designed for active pressure.

TABLE 1610.1

LATERAL SOIL LOAD

LATERAL PRESSURE DESIGN LATERAL SOIL LOADa
(pounds per square foot per foot of
depth)
Active pressure 45
At rest pressure 60

For SI: 1 pound per square foot of depth = 0.157 kPa/m, 1 foot = 304.8 mm.

14B-16-1611 The provisions of Section 1611 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Each portion of a roof shall be designed to sustain the load of rainwater that will accumulate on it if the primary drainage system for that portion is blocked plus the uniform load caused by water that rises above the inlet of the secondary drainage system at its design flow. The design rainfall shall be based on a 100-year hourly rainfall rate of 4.03 inches (102 mm).
Susceptible bays of roofs shall be evaluated for ponding instability in accordance with Section 8.4 of ASCE 7.
Roofs equipped with hardware to control the rate of drainage shall be equipped with a secondary drainage system at a higher elevation that limits accumulation of water on the roof above that elevation. Such roofs shall be designed to sustain the load of rainwater that will accumulate on them to the elevation of the secondary drainage system plus the uniform load caused by water that rises above the inlet of the secondary drainage system at its design flow determined from Section 1611.1. Such roofs shall be checked for ponding instability in accordance with Section 1611.2.

14B-16-1612 The provisions of Section 1612 of IBC are not adopted. The following language is adopted as Section 1612:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Development in special flood hazard areas shall comply with Chapter 16-6 of the Municipal Code.

14B-16-1613 The provisions of Section 1613 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modifications:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Amended Coun. J. 7-24-19, p. 3647.

Amended Coun. J. 2-19-20, p. 14474.

Every structure, and portion thereof, including nonstructural components that are permanently attached to structures and their supports and attachments, shall be designed and constructed to resist the effects of earthquake motions in accordance with Chapters 11, 12, 13, 15, 17 and 18 of ASCE 7, as applicable. The seismic design category for a structure is permitted to be determined in accordance with Section 1613 or ASCE 7.

Exceptions:

  1. Buildings and structures assigned to Seismic Design Category A shall comply with Section 1613.4.
  2. Group R-3 and R-5 occupancies.
  3. The seismic force-resisting system of wood-frame buildings of light-frame construction that conform to the provisions of Section 2308 are not required to be analyzed as specified in this section.
  4. Agricultural and industrial storage structures intended only for incidental human occupancy.
  5. Structures that require special consideration of their response characteristics and environment that are not addressed by this code or ASCE 7 and for which other regulations provide seismic criteria, such as vehicular bridges, electrical transmission towers, hydraulic structures, buried utility lines and their appurtenances and nuclear reactors.
  6. References within ASCE 7 to Chapter 14 shall not apply, except as specifically required herein.
Seismic ground motion values shall be determined in accordance with this section.
The acceleration parameters shall be: mapped 0.2 sec. spectral response acceleration (5% of critical damping, Site Class B) Ss = 0.125 g and mapped 1.0 sec. spectral response acceleration (5% of critical damping, Site Class B) S1 = 0.066.

Based on the site soil properties, the site shall be classified as Site Class A, B, C, D, E or F in accordance with Chapter 20 of ASCE 7. The site class shall reflect the soil conditions that affect the ground motion input to the structure.

Where the soil properties are not known in sufficient detail to determine the site class, Site Class D, subjected to the requirements of Section 1613.2.3, shall be used unless the building official or a registered geotechnical engineer determines that Site Class E or F soils are present at the site.

Where site investigations that are performed in accordance with Chapter 20 of ASCE 7 reveal rock conditions consistent with Site Class B, but site-specific velocity measurements are not made, the site coefficients Fa and Fv shall be taken at unity (1.0).

The maximum considered earthquake spectral response acceleration for short periods, SMS, and at 1-second period, SM1, adjusted for site class effects and five-percent damped design spectral response acceleration at short periods, SDS, and at 1-second period, SD1 shall be as provided in Table 1613.2.3.

Where the simplified design procedure of ASCE 7 Section 12.14 is used, these values shall be determined in accordance with ASCE 7 Section 12.14.8.1.

TABLE 1613.2.3

SEISMIC DESIGN PARAMETERS

SITE CLASS Maximum Spectral
Response
Accelarations
Design Spectral
Response
Accelerations
Seismic Design
Category
Risk Category
SMs SM1 SDS SD1 I, II or
III
IV
A 0.100 0.053 0.067 0.035 A A
B 0.113 0.053 0.075 0.035 A A
C 0.163 0.099 0.108 0.066 A A
D 0.200 0.155 0.133 0.103 Ba C
E 0.300 0.277 0.200 0.185 C D
F note b note b note b note b note c
  1. The structure shall be assigned to Seismic Design Category A where the mean roof height does not exceed 60 feet (18.3 m) and the horizontal distance between vertical elements of the seismic force-resisting system does not exceed 40 feet (12.2 m).
  2. Values shall be determined in accordance with Section 11.4.8 of ASCE 7.
  3. Determine in accordance with ASCE 7.
Structures shall be assigned to a Seismic Design Category in accordance with Table 1613.2.3.
Where the alternate simplified design procedure of ASCE 7 is used, the seismic design category shall be determined in accordance with ASCE 7.
Ballasted, roof-mounted photovoltaic panel systems need not be rigidly attached to the roof or supporting structure. Ballasted nonpenetrating systems shall be designed and installed only on roofs with slopes not more than one unit vertical in 12 units horizontal. Ballasted nonpenetrating systems shall be designed to resist sliding and uplift resulting from lateral and vertical forces as required by Section 1605, using a coefficient of friction determined by acceptable engineering principles. In structures assigned to Seismic Design Category C or D, ballasted nonpenetrating systems shall be designed to accommodate seismic displacement determined by nonlinear response-history or other engineering analysis or shake-table testing, using input motions consistent with ASCE 7 lateral and vertical seismic forces for nonstructural components on roofs.

Buildings and other structures assigned to Seismic Design Category A need only comply with the requirements of this section. Nonstructural components of buildings and structures in Seismic Design Category A are exempt from seismic design requirements.

Exception: Tanks assigned to Risk Category IV shall satisfy the freeboard requirements of Section 15.6.5.1 of ASCE 7.

All structures shall be provided with a continuous load path in accordance with the requirements of Section 1613.4.2 and shall have a complete lateral force-resisting system with adequate strength to resist the forces indicated in Section 1613.4.3. All members of the structural system shall be connected to their supporting members in accordance with Section 1613.4.4. Structural walls shall be anchored to diaphragms and supports in accordance with Section 1613.4.5. The effects on the structure and its components caused by the forces stipulated in this section shall be taken as the notional load, N, and combined with the effects of other loads in accordance with the load combinations of Section 1605. Where material resistance depends on load duration, notional loads are permitted to be taken as having a duration of 10 minutes.
All parts of the structure between separation joints shall be interconnected to form a continuous path to the lateral force-resisting system, and the connections shall be capable of transmitting the lateral forces induced by the parts being connected. Any smaller portion of the structure shall be tied to the remainder of the structure with elements having the strength to resist a force of not less than 5% of the portion's weight.

Each structure shall be analyzed for the effects of static lateral forces applied independently in each of two orthogonal directions. n each direction, the static lateral forces at all levels shall be applied simultaneously. For purposes of analysis, the force at each level shall be determined using Equation 16-36a.


(Equation 16-36a)

where:

Fx = The design lateral force applied at level x.

Wx = The portion of the total dead load of the structure, D, located or assigned to level x.

A positive connection for resisting a horizontal force acting parallel to the member shall be provided for each beam, girder or truss either directly to its supporting elements or to slabs designed to act as diaphragms. Where the connection is through a diaphragm, the member's supporting element shall also be connected to the diaphragm. The connection shall have the strength to resist a force of 5% of the unfactored dead load plus live load reaction imposed by the supported member on the supporting member.
Walls that provide vertical load bearing or lateral shear resistance for a portion of the structure shall be anchored to the roof and all floors and members that provide lateral support for the wall or that are supported by the wall. The anchorage shall provide a direct connection between the walls and the roof or floor construction. The connections shall be capable of resisting a strength level horizontal force perpendicular to the plane of the wall equal to 0.2 times the weight of the wall tributary to the connection, but not less than 5 psf (0.24 kN/m2).

14B-16-1614 The provisions of Section 1614 of IBC are adopted by reference with the following modification:

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

Ice-sensitive structures shall be designed for atmospheric ice loads in accordance with Chapter 10 of ASCE 7.

14B-16-161 The provisions of Section 161 of IBC are not adopted.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

14B-16-1616 The provisions of Section 1616 of IBC are adopted by reference without modification.

Added Coun. J. 4-10-19, p. 100029.

1616.1 General

ILLUSTRATION
High-rise buildings that are assigned to Risk Category III or IV shall comply with the requirements of Section 1616.2 if they are frame structures, or Section 1616.3 if they are bearing wall structures.
Frame structures shall comply with the requirements of this section.

Frame structures constructed primarily of reinforced or prestressed concrete, either cast-in-place or precast, or a combination of these, shall conform to the requirements of Section 4.10 of ACI 318. Where ACI 318 requires that nonprestressed reinforcing or prestressing steel pass through the region bounded by the longitudinal column reinforcement, that reinforcing or prestressing steel shall have a minimum nominal tensile strength equal to two-thirds of the required one-way vertical strength of the connection of the floor or roof system to the column in each direction of beam or slab reinforcement passing through the column.

Exception: Where concrete slabs with continuous reinforcement having an area not less than 0.0015 times the concrete area in each of two orthogonal directions are present and are either monolithic with or equivalently bonded to beams, girders or columns, the longitudinal reinforcing or prestressing steel passing through the column reinforcement shall have a nominal tensile strength of one-third of the required one-way vertical strength of the connection of the floor or roof system to the column in each direction of beam or slab reinforcement passing through the column.

Frame structures constructed with a structural steel frame or a frame composed of open web steel joists, joist girders with or without other structural steel elements or a frame composed of composite steel or composite steel joists and reinforced concrete elements shall conform to the requirements of this section.
Each column splice shall have the minimum design strength in tension to transfer the design dead and live load tributary to the column between the splice and the splice or base immediately below.

End connections of all beams and girders shall have a minimum nominal axial tensile strength equal to the required vertical shear strength for allowable stress design (ASD) or two-thirds of the required shear strength for load and resistance factor design (LRFD) but not less than 10 kips (45 kN). For the purpose of this section, the shear force and the axial tensile force need not be considered to act simultaneously.

Exception: Where beams, girders, open web joist and joist girders support a concrete slab or concrete slab on metal deck that is attached to the beam or girder with not less than 3/8-inch-diameter (9.5 mm) headed shear studs, at a spacing of not more than 12 inches (305 mm) on center, averaged over the length of the member, or other attachment having equivalent shear strength, and the slab contains continuous distributed reinforcement in each of two orthogonal directions with an area not less than 0.0015 times the concrete area, the nominal axial tension strength of the end connection shall be permitted to be taken as half the required vertical shear strength for ASD or one-third of the required shear strength for LRFD, but not less than 10 kips (45 kN).

Bearing wall structures shall have vertical ties in all load-bearing walls and longitudinal ties, transverse ties and perimeter ties at each floor level in accordance with this section and as shown in Figure 1616.3.

FIGURE 1616.3

LONGITUDINAL, PERIMETER, TRANSVERSE AND VERTICAL TIES

Precast bearing wall structures constructed solely of reinforced or prestressed concrete, or combinations of these shall conform to the requirements of Sections 16.2.4 and 16.2.5 of ACI 318.
Ties in bearing wall structures other than those covered in Section 1616.3.1 shall conform to this section.

Longitudinal ties shall consist of continuous reinforcement in slabs; continuous or spliced decks or sheathing; continuous or spliced members framing to, within or across walls; or connections of continuous framing members to walls. Longitudinal ties shall extend across interior load-bearing walls and shall connect to exterior load-bearing walls and shall be spaced at not greater than 10 feet (3038 mm) on center. Ties shall have a minimum nominal tensile strength, TT, given by Equation 16-40. For ASD the minimum nominal tensile strength shall be permitted to be taken as 1.5 times the allowable tensile stress times the area of the tie.


(Equation 16-40)

where:

L = The span of the horizontal element in the direction of the tie, between bearing walls, feet (m).

w = The weight per unit area of the floor or roof in the span being tied to or across the wall, psf (N/m2).

S = The spacing between ties, feet (m).

αT = A coefficient with a value of 1,500 pounds per foot (2.25 kN/m) for masonry bearing wall structures and a value of 375 pounds per foot (0.6 kN/m) for structures with bearing walls of cold-formed steel light-frame construction.

Transverse ties shall consist of continuous reinforcement in slabs; continuous or spliced decks or sheathing; continuous or spliced members framing to, within or across walls; or connections of continuous framing members to walls. Transverse ties shall be placed not farther apart than the spacing of load-bearing walls. Transverse ties shall have minimum nominal tensile strength TT, given by Equation 16-24. For ASD the minimum nominal tensile strength shall be permitted to be taken as 1.5 times the allowable tensile stress times the area of the tie.

Perimeter ties shall consist of continuous reinforcement in slabs; continuous or spliced decks or sheathing; continuous or spliced members framing to, within or across walls; or connections of continuous framing members to walls. Ties around the perimeter of each floor and roof shall be located within 4 feet (1219 mm) of the edge and shall provide a nominal strength in tension not less than Tp, given by Equation 16-41. For ASD the minimum nominal tensile strength shall be permitted to be taken as 1.5 times the allowable tensile stress times the area of the tie.


(Equation 16-41)

For SI: Tp= 90.7w ≤ βT

where:

w = As defined in Section 1616.3.2.1.

βT = A coefficient with a value of 16,000 pounds (7200 kN) for structures with masonry bearing walls and a value of 4,000 pounds (1300 kN) for structures with bearing walls of cold-formed steel light-frame construction.

Vertical ties shall consist of continuous or spliced reinforcing, continuous or spliced members, wall sheathing or other engineered systems. Vertical tension ties shall be provided in bearing walls and shall be continuous over the height of the building. The minimum nominal tensile strength for vertical ties within a bearing wall shall be equal to the weight of the wall within that story plus the weight of the diaphragm tributary to the wall in the story below. Not fewer than two ties shall be provided for each wall. The strength of each tie need not exceed 3,000 pounds per foot (450 kN/m) of wall tributary to the tie for walls of masonry construction or 750 pounds per foot (140 kN/m) of wall tributary to the tie for walls of cold-formed steel light-frame construction.
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