The provisions of this chapter shall govern the structural design of buildings, structures and portions thereof regulated by this code.
The following notations are used in this chapter:
|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.|
|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.|
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:
- Floor and roof dead and live loads.
- Ground snow load, Pg.
- 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.
- Seismic design category and site class.
- Flood design data, if located in flood hazard areas established in Section 1612.3.
- Design load-bearing values of soils.
- Rain load data.
The ground snow load, Pg, shall be indicated. In areas where the ground snow load, Pg, exceeds 10 pounds per square foot (psf) (0.479 kN/m2), the following additional information shall also be provided, regardless of whether snow loads govern the design of the roof:
- Flat-roof snow load, Pf.
- Snow exposure factor, Ce.
- Snow load importance factor, Is.
- Thermal factor, Ct.
- Slope factor(s), Cs.
- Drift surcharge load(s), Pd, where the sum of Pd and Pf exceeds 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2).
- Width of snow drift(s), w.
- Basic design wind speed, V, miles per hour and allowable stress design wind speed, Vasd, as determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1.
- Risk category.
- Wind exposure. Applicable wind direction if more than one wind exposure is utilized.
- Applicable internal pressure coefficient.
- 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).
- Risk category.
- Seismic importance factor, Ie.
- Mapped spectral response acceleration parameters, SS and S1.
- Site class.
- Design spectral response acceleration parameters, SDS and SD1.
- Seismic design category.
- Basic seismic force-resisting system(s).
- Design base shear(s).
- Seismic response coefficient(s), CS.
- Response modification coefficient(s), R.
- Analysis procedure used.
For buildings located in whole or in part in flood hazard areas as established in Section 1612.3, the documentation pertaining to design, if required in Section 1612.4, shall be included and the following information, referenced to the datum on the community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), shall be shown, regardless of whether flood loads govern the design of the building:
- Flood design class assigned according to ASCE 24.
- In flood hazard areas other than coastal high hazard areas or coastal A zones, the elevation of the proposed lowest floor, including the basement.
- In flood hazard areas other than coastal high hazard areas or coastal A zones, the elevation to which any nonresidential building will be dry floodproofed.
- In coastal high hazard areas and coastal A zones, the proposed elevation of the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member of the lowest floor, including the basement.
Buildings and other structures, and parts thereof, shall be designed and constructed to support safely 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 safely the nominal loads in load combinations defined in this code without exceeding the appropriate specified allowable stresses for the materials of construction.
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.
DEFLECTION LIMITSa, b, c, h, i
|CONSTRUCTION||L or Lr||S or W f||D + Ld, g|
|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|
|With plaster or stucco finishes||—||l/360||—|
|With other brittle finishes||—||l/240||—|
|With flexible finishes||—||l/120||—|
|With plaster or stucco finishes||l/360||—||—|
|With other brittle finishes||l/240||—||—|
|With flexible finishes||l/120||—||—|
For SI: 1 foot = 304.8 mm.
- 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.
- 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.
- See Section 2403 for glass supports.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- For steel structural members, the detection due to creep component of long-term dead load shall be permitted to be taken as zero.
- 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.
- l = Length of the member between supports. For cantilever members, l shall be taken as twice the length of the cantilever.
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:
- 1/175 of the length of span of the framing member, for framing members having a length not more than 13 feet 6 inches (4115 mm).
- 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.
Exception: The assignment of buildings and structures to Tsunami Risk Categories III and IV is permitted to be in accordance with Section 6.4 of ASCE 7.
|RISK CATEGORY||NATURE OF OCCUPANCY|
|I||Buildings and other structures that represent a low hazard to human life in the event of failure, including but not limited to:|
|II||Buildings and other structures except those listed in Risk Categories I, III and IV.|
|III||Buildings and other structures that represent a substantial hazard to human life in the event of failure, including but not limited to: |
|IV||Buildings and other structures designated as essential facilities, including but not limited to: |
- For purposes of occupant load calculation, occupancies required by Table 1004.5 to use gross floor area calculations shall be permitted to use net floor areas to determine the total occupant load.
- Where approved by the building official, the classification of buildings and other 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 toxic, highly toxic or explosive 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.
Exception: Where a storm shelter designed and constructed in accordance with ICC 500 is provided in a building, structure or portion thereof normally occupied for other purposes, the risk category for the normal occupancy of the building shall apply unless the storm shelter is a designated emergency shelter in accordance with Table 1604.5.
Where supported by attachment to an exterior wall, decks shall be positively anchored to the primary 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 during inspection, decks shall be self-supporting. Connections of decks with cantilevered framing members to exterior walls or other framing members shall be designed for both of the following:
- 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 deck.
- 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 deck, and no live load or snow load on the remaining portion of the deck.
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.
Buildings and other structures and portions thereof shall be designed to resist all of the following:
- The load combinations specified in Section 1605.2, 1605.3.1 or 1605.3.2.
- The load combinations specified in Chapters 18 through 23.
- 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 220.127.116.11 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:
- The basic combinations for strength design with overstrength factor in lieu of Equations 16-5 and 16-7 in Section 1605.2.
- 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.
- The basic combinations for allowable stress design with overstrength factor in lieu of Equations 16-21 and 16-22 in Section 1605.3.2.
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:
- Where other factored load combinations are specifically required by other provisions of this code, such combinations shall take precedence.
- 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 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
In lieu of the basic load combinations specified in Section 1605.3.1, structures and portions thereof shall be permitted to be designed for the most critical effects resulting from the following combinations. Where using these alternative basic allowable stress load combinations that include wind or seismic loads, allowable stresses are permitted to be increased or load combinations reduced where permitted by the material chapter of this code or the referenced standards. For load combinations that include the counteracting effects of dead and wind loads, only two-thirds of the minimum dead load likely to be in place during a design wind event shall be used. Where using allowable stresses that have been increased or load combinations that have been reduced as permitted by the material chapter of this code or the referenced standards, where wind loads are calculated in accordance with Chapters 26 through 31 of ASCE 7, the coefficient (ω) in the following equations shall be taken as 1.3. For other wind loads, (ω) shall be taken as 1. Where allowable stresses have not been increased or load combinations have not been reduced as permitted by the material chapter of this code or the referenced standards, (ω) shall be taken as 1. Where using these alternative load combinations to evaluate sliding, overturning and soil bearing at the soil-structure interface, the reduction of foundation overturning from Section 12.13.4 in ASCE 7 shall not be used. Where using these alternative basic load combinations for proportioning foundations for loadings, which include seismic loads, the vertical seismic load effect, Ev, in Equation 12.4-4 of ASCE 7 is permitted to be taken equal to zero.
- Crane hook loads need not be combined with roof live loads or with more than three-fourths of the snow load or one-half of the wind load.
- 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.
|OCCUPANCY OR USE||UNIFORM |
|1. Apartments (see residential)||—||—|
|2. Access floor systems|
|3. Armories and drill rooms||150n||—|
|4. Assembly areas||—|
|Fixed seats (fastened to floor)||60m|
|Follow spot, projections and |
|Other assembly areas||100m|
|5. Balconies and decksh||1.5 times the |
live load for thearea served, not
required toexceed 100
|Other floors||Same as |
|9. Dining rooms and restaurants||100m||—|
|10. Dwellings (see residential)||—||—|
|11. Elevator machine room and control |
room grating(on area of 2 inches by 2 inches)
|12. Finish light floor plate construction |
(on area of 1 inch by 1 inch)
|13. Fire escapes||100||—|
|On single-family dwellings only||40|
|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|
|Corridors above first floor||80||1,000|
|Operating rooms, laboratories||60||1,000|
|18. Hotels (see residential)||—||—|
|Corridors above first floor||80||1,000|
|Stack rooms||150b, n||1,000|
|21. Marquees, except one-and two-family||75||—|
|22. Office buildings|
|Corridors above first floor||80||2,000|
|File and computer rooms shall be |
designed for heavier loads basedon anticipated occupancy
|Lobbies and first-floor corridors||100||2,000|
|23. Penal institutions||—|
|24. Recreational uses:||—|
|Bowling alleys, poolrooms and |
|Dance halls and ballrooms||100m|
|Ice skating rink||250n|
|Reviewing stands, grandstands and||100c, m|
|Roller skating rink||100m|
|Stadiums and arenas with fixed |
seats (fastened to floor)
|One- and two-family dwellings|
|Uninhabitable attics without |
|Uninhabitable attics with storagei, j, k||20|
|Habitable attics and sleeping areask||30|
|Canopies, including marquees||20|
|All other areas||40|
|Hotels and multifamily dwellings|
|Private rooms and corridors serving |
|Public roomsm and corridors serving |
|All roof surfaces subject to maintenance |
|Awnings and canopies:|
|Fabric construction supported by a |
|All other construction, except one-|
and two-family dwellings
|Ordinary flat, pitched, and curved |
roofs (that are not occupiable)
|Primary roof members exposed to a |
|Single panel point of lower chord of |
roof trusses or any point alongprimary structural members
supporting roofs over manufacturing,storage warehouses, and
|All other primary roof members||300|
|All other similar areas||Note 1||Note 1|
|Corridors above first floor||80||1,000|
|28. Scuttles, skylight ribs and accessible |
|29. Sidewalks, vehicular driveways and |
yards, subject to trucking
|30. Stairs and exits|
|One- and two-family dwellings||40||300f|
|31. Storage warehouses (shall be designed |
for heavier loads if required foranticipated storage)
|Wholesale, all floors||125n||1,000|
|33. Vehicle barriers||See Section 1607.9|
|34. Walkways and elevated platforms |
(other than exitways)
|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.
- 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.
- Design in accordance with ICC 300.
- Other uniform loads in accordance with an approved method containing provisions for truck loadings shall be considered where appropriate.
- The concentrated wheel load shall be applied on an area of 4.5 inches by 4.5 inches.
- 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.
- 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).
- See Section 1604.8.3 for decks attached to exterior walls.
- 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.
- Attic spaces served by stairways other than the pull-down type shall be designed to support the minimum live load specified for habitable attics and sleeping rooms.
- Areas of occupiable roofs, other than roof gardens and assembly areas, shall be designed for appropriate loads as approved by the building official. Unoccupied landscaped areas of roofs shall be designed in accordance with Section 1607.13.3.
- Live load reduction is not permitted.
- Live load reduction is only permitted in accordance with Section 1607.11.1.2 or Item 1 of Section 1607.11.2.
- Live load reduction is only permitted in accordance with Section 1607.11.1.3 or Item 2 of Section 1607.11.2.
- 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.
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
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:
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 and are approved by the building official, but shall be not less than 50 psf (2.9 kN/m2). This live load shall not be reduced.
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 18.104.22.168 of ASCE 7. Glass handrail assemblies and guards shall comply with Section 2407.
- For one- and two-family dwellings, only the single concentrated load required by Section 1607.8.1.1 shall be applied.
- 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).
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:
L = Reduced design live load per square foot (m2) of area supported by the member.
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.
LIVE LOAD ELEMENT FACTOR, KLL
|Exterior columns without cantilever slabs||4|
|Edge columns with cantilever slabs||3|
|Corner columns with cantilever slabs||2|
|Edge beams without cantilever slabs||2|
|Members not previously identified including:||1|
|Edge beams with cantilever slabs|
|Members without provisions for continuous shear |
transfer normal to their span
Live loads that exceed 100 psf (4.79 kN/m2) shall not be reduced.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
For SI: R = 0.861(A - 13.94)
Such reduction shall not exceed the smallest of:
- percent for members supporting one floor.
- percent for members supporting two or more floors.
- R as determined by the following equation:
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).
where: 12 ≤ Lr ≤ 20
For SI: Lr = LoR1R2
where: 0.58 ≤ Lr ≤ 0.96
The reduction factors R1 and R2 shall be determined as follows:
At = Tributary area (span length multiplied by effective width) in square feet (m2) supported by the member, and
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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.
The ground snow loads to be used in determining the design snow loads for roofs shall be determined in accordance with ASCE 7 or Figure 1608.2 for the contiguous United States and Table 1608.2 for Alaska. Site-specific case studies shall be made in areas designated “CS” in Figure 1608.2. Ground snow loads for sites at elevations above the limits indicated in Figure 1608.2 and for all sites within the CS areas shall be approved. Ground snow load determination for such sites shall be based on an extreme value statistical analysis of data available in the vicinity of the site using a value with a 2-percent annual probability of being exceeded (50-year mean recurrence interval). Snow loads are zero for Hawaii, except in mountainous regions as approved by the building official.
|LOCATION||POUNDS PER |
|St. Paul Islands||40|
For SI: 1 pound per square foot = 0.0479 kN/m2.
Wind loads on every building or structure shall be determined in accordance with Chapters 26 to 30 of ASCE 7. The type of opening protection required, the basic design wind speed, V, and the exposure category for a site is permitted to be determined in accordance with Section 1609 or ASCE 7. Wind shall be assumed to come from any horizontal direction and wind pressures shall be assumed to act normal to the surface considered.
- Subject to the limitations of Section 1609.1.1.1, the provisions of ICC 600 shall be permitted for applicable Group R-2 and R-3 buildings.
- Subject to the limitations of Section 1609.1.1.1, residential structures using the provisions of AWC WFCM.
- Subject to the limitations of Section 1609.1.1.1, residential structures using the provisions of AISI S230.
- Designs using NAAMM FP 1001.
- Designs using TIA-222 for antenna-supporting structures and antennas, provided that the horizontal extent of Topographic Category 2 escarpments in Section 22.214.171.124 of TIA-222 shall be 16 times the height of the escarpment.
- Wind tunnel tests in accordance with ASCE 49 and Sections 31.4 and 31.5 of ASCE 7.
The wind speeds in Figures 1609.3(1) through 1609.3(8) are basic design wind speeds, V, and shall be converted in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 to allowable stress design wind speeds, Vasd, when the provisions of the standards referenced in Exceptions 4 and 5 are used.
The provisions of ICC 600 are applicable only to buildings located within Exposure B or C as defined in Section 1609.4. The provisions of ICC 600, AWC WFCM and AISI S230 shall not apply to buildings sited on the upper half of an isolated hill, ridge or escarpment meeting all of the following conditions:
- The hill, ridge or escarpment is 60 feet (18 288 mm) or higher if located in Exposure B or 30 feet (9144 mm) or higher if located in Exposure C.
- The maximum average slope of the hill exceeds 10 percent.
- The hill, ridge or escarpment is unobstructed upwind by other such topographic features for a distance from the high point of 50 times the height of the hill or 2 miles (3.22 km), whichever is greater.
In windborne debris regions, glazing in buildings shall be impact resistant or protected with an impact-resistant covering meeting the requirements of an approved impact-resistant standard or ASTM E1996 and ASTM E1886 referenced herein as follows:
- Glazed openings located within 30 feet (9144 mm) of grade shall meet the requirements of the large missile test of ASTM E1996.
- Glazed openings located more than 30 feet (9144 mm) above grade shall meet the provisions of the small missile test of ASTM E1996.
- Wood structural panels with a minimum thickness of 7/16 inch (11.1 mm) and maximum panel span of 8 feet (2438 mm) shall be permitted for opening protection in buildings with a mean roof height of 33 feet (10 058 mm) or less that are classified as a Group R-3 or R-4 occupancy. Panels shall be precut so that they shall be attached to the framing surrounding the opening containing the product with the glazed opening. Panels shall be predrilled as required for the anchorage method and shall be secured with the attachment hardware provided. Attachments shall be designed to resist the components and cladding loads determined in accordance with the provisions of ASCE 7, with corrosion-resistant attachment hardware provided and anchors permanently installed on the building. Attachment in accordance with Table 1609.2 with corrosion-resistant attachment hardware provided and anchors permanently installed on the building is permitted for buildings with a mean roof height of 45 feet (13 716 mm) or less where Vasd determined in accordance with Section 1609.3.1 does not exceed 140 mph (63 m/s).
- Glazing in Risk Category I buildings, including greenhouses that are occupied for growing plants on a production or research basis, without public access shall be permitted to be unprotected.
- Glazing in Risk Category II, III or IV buildings located over 60 feet (18 288 mm) above the ground and over 30 feet (9144 mm) above aggregate surface roofs located within 1,500 feet (458 m) of the building shall be permitted to be unprotected.
WINDBORNE DEBRIS PROTECTION FASTENING SCHEDULE FOR WOOD STRUCTURAL PANELSa, b, c, d
|FASTENER TYPE||FASTENER SPACING (inches)|
|Panel Span |
≤ 4 feet
|4 feet < Panel |
Span ≤ 6 feet
|6 feet < Panel |
≤ Span 8 feet
|No. 8 wood-screw-based anchor with 2-inch embedment length||16||10||8|
|No. 10 wood-screw-based anchor with 2-inch embedment length||16||12||9|
|1/4-inch diameter lag-screw-based anchor with 2-inch embedment length||16||16||16|
For SI: 1 inch = 25.4 mm, 1 foot = 304.8 mm, 1 pound = 4.448 N, 1 mile per hour = 0.447 m/s.
- This table is based on 140 mph wind speeds and a 45-foot mean roof height.
- Fasteners shall be installed at opposing ends of the wood structural panel. Fasteners shall be located not less than 1 inch from the edge of the panel.
- Anchors shall penetrate through the exterior wall covering with an embedment length of 2 inches minimum into the building frame. Fasteners shall be located not less than 21/2 inches from the edge of concrete block or concrete.
- Where panels are attached to masonry or masonry/stucco, they shall be attached using vibration-resistant anchors having a minimum ultimate withdrawal capacity of 1,500 pounds.
The text of Section 6.2.2 of ASTM E1996 shall be substituted as follows:
6.2.2 Unless otherwise specified, select the wind zone based on the basic design wind speed, V, as follows:
126.96.36.199 Wind Zone 1—130 mph ≤ basic design wind speed, V < 140 mph.
188.8.131.52 Wind Zone 2—140 mph ≤ basic design wind speed, V < 150 mph at greater than one mile (1.6 km) from the coastline. The coastline shall be measured from the mean high water mark.
184.108.40.206 Wind Zone 3—150 mph (58 m/s) ≤ basic design wind speed, V ≤ 160 mph (63 m/s), or 140 mph (54 m/s) ≤ basic design wind speed, V ≤ 160 mph (63 m/s) and within one mile (1.6 km) of the coastline. The coastline shall be measured from the mean high water mark.
220.127.116.11 Wind Zone 4— basic design wind speed, V > 160 mph (63 m/s).
The basic design wind speed, V, in mph, for the determination of the wind loads shall be determined by Figures 1609.3(1) through (8). The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category II buildings and structures shall be obtained from Figures 1609.3(1) and 1609.3(5). The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category III buildings and structures shall be obtained from Figures 1609.3(2) and 1609.3(6). The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category IV buildings and structures shall be obtained from Figures 1609.3(3) and 1609.3(7). The basic design wind speed, V, for use in the design of Risk Category I buildings and structures shall be obtained from Figures 1609.3(4) and 1609.3(8). The basic design wind speed, V, for the special wind regions indicated near mountainous terrain and near gorges shall be in accordance with local jurisdiction requirements. The basic design wind speeds, V, determined by the local jurisdiction shall be in accordance with Chapter 26 of ASCE 7.
In nonhurricane-prone regions, when the basic design wind speed, V, is estimated from regional climatic data, the basic design wind speed, V, shall be determined in accordance with Chapter 26 of ASCE 7.
WIND SPEED CONVERSIONSa, b, c
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. This category includes smooth mud flats, salt flats and unbroken ice.
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.
b = Exposed width, feet (mm) of the roof tile.
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.
- The roof tiles shall be either loose laid on battens, mechanically fastened, mortar set or adhesive set.
- The roof tiles shall be installed on solid sheathing that has been designed as components and cladding.
- An underlayment shall be installed in accordance with Chapter 15.
- The tile shall be single lapped interlocking with a minimum head lap of not less than 2 inches (51 mm).
- The length of the tile shall be between 1.0 and 1.75 feet (305 mm and 533 mm).
- The exposed width of the tile shall be between 0.67 and 1.25 feet (204 mm and 381 mm).
- The maximum thickness of the tail of the tile shall not exceed 1.3 inches (33 mm).
- 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.
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. Design lateral pressure shall be increased if soils at the site are expansive. 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.
LATERAL SOIL LOAD
|DESCRIPTION OF BACKFILL MATERIALc||UNIFIED SOIL |
|DESIGN LATERAL SOIL LOADa |
(pound per square foot per foot of depth)
|Active pressure||At-rest pressure|
|Well-graded, clean gravels; gravel-sand mixes||GW||30||60|
|Poorly graded clean gravels; gravel-sand mixes||GP||30||60|
|Silty gravels, poorly graded gravel-sand mixes||GM||40||60|
|Clayey gravels, poorly graded gravel-and-clay mixes||GC||45||60|
|Well-graded, clean sands; gravelly sand mixes||SW||30||60|
|Poorly graded clean sands; sand-gravel mixes||SP||30||60|
|Silty sands, poorly graded sand-silt mixes||SM||45||60|
|Sand-silt clay mix with plastic fines||SM-SC||45||100|
|Clayey sands, poorly graded sand-clay mixes||SC||60||100|
|Inorganic silts and clayey silts||ML||45||100|
|Mixture of inorganic silt and clay||ML-CL||60||100|
|Inorganic clays of low to medium plasticity||CL||60||100|
|Organic silts and silt clays, low plasticity||OL||Note b||Note b|
|Inorganic clayey silts, elastic silts||MH||Note b||Note b|
|Inorganic clays of high plasticity||CH||Note b||Note b|
|Organic clays and silty clays||OH||Note b||Note b|
For SI: 1 pound per square foot per foot of depth = 0.157 kPa/m, 1 foot = 304.8 mm.
- Design lateral soil loads are given for moist conditions for the specified soils at their optimum densities. Actual field conditions shall govern. Submerged or saturated soil pressures shall include the weight of the buoyant soil plus the hydrostatic loads.
- Unsuitable as backfill material.
- The definition and classification of soil materials shall be in accordance with ASTM D2487.
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 the 100-year hourly rainfall rate indicated in Figure 1611.1 or on other rainfall rates determined from approved local weather data.
For SI: R = 0.0098(ds + dh)
dh = Additional depth of water on the undeflected roof above the inlet of secondary drainage system at its design flow (in other words, the hydraulic head), in inches (mm).
ds = Depth of water on the undeflected roof up to the inlet of secondary drainage system when the primary drainage system is blocked (in other words, the static head), in inches (mm).
R = Rain load on the undeflected roof, in psf (kN/m2). Where the phrase “undeflected roof” is used, deflections from loads (including dead loads) shall not be considered when determining the amount of rain on the roof.
Where design flood elevations are not included in the flood hazard areas established in Section 1612.3, or where floodways are not designated, the building official is authorized to require the applicant to do one of the following:
- Obtain and reasonably utilize any design flood elevation and floodway data available from a federal, state or other source.
- Determine the design flood elevation or floodway in accordance with accepted hydrologic and hydraulic engineering practices used to define special flood hazard areas. Determinations shall be undertaken by a registered design professional who shall document that the technical methods used reflect currently accepted engineering practice.
- 1.1. The elevation of the lowest floor, including the basement, as required by the lowest floor elevation inspection in Section 110.3.3 and for the final inspection in Section 18.104.22.168.
- 1.2. For fully enclosed areas below the design flood elevation where provisions to allow for the automatic entry and exit of floodwaters do not meet the minimum requirements in Section 22.214.171.124 of ASCE 24, construction documents shall include a statement that the design will provide for equalization of hydrostatic flood forces in accordance with Section 126.96.36.199 of ASCE 24.
- 1.3. For dry floodproofed nonresidential buildings, construction documents shall include a statement that the dry floodproofing is designed in accordance with ASCE 24.
- 2.1. The elevation of the bottom of the lowest horizontal structural member as required by the lowest floor elevation inspection in Section 110.3.3 and for the final inspection in Section 188.8.131.52.
- 2.2. Construction documents shall include a statement that the building is designed in accordance with ASCE 24, including that the pile or column foundation and building or structure to be attached thereto is designed to be anchored to resist flotation, collapse and lateral movement due to the effects of wind and flood loads acting simultaneously on all building components, and other load requirements of Chapter 16.
- 2.3. For breakaway walls designed to have a resistance of more than 20 psf (0.96 kN/m2) determined using allowable stress design, construction documents shall include a statement that the breakaway wall is designed in accordance with ASCE 24.
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.
- Detached one- and two-family dwellings, assigned to Seismic Design Category A, B or C, or located where the mapped short-period spectral response acceleration, SS, is less than 0.4 g.
- The seismic force-resisting system of wood-frame buildings that conform to the provisions of Section 2308 are not required to be analyzed as specified in this section.
- Agricultural storage structures intended only for incidental human occupancy.
- 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.
- References within ASCE 7 to Chapter 14 shall not apply, except as specifically required herein.
The parameters SS and S1 shall be determined from the 0.2 and 1-second spectral response accelerations shown on Figures 1613.2.1(1) through 1613.2.1(8). Where S1 is less than or equal to 0.04 and SS is less than or equal to 0.15, the structure is permitted to be assigned Seismic Design Category A.
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 geotechnical data 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 shall be determined by Equations 16-36 and 16-37, respectively:
Where Site Class D is selected as the default site class per Section 1613.2.2, the value of Fa shall be not less than 1.2. Where the simplified design procedure of ASCE 7 Section 12.14 is used, the value of Fa shall be determined in accordance with ASCE 7 Section 184.108.40.206, and the values of Fv, SMS and SM1 need not be determined.
VALUES OF SITE COEFFICIENT Fa a
|SITE CLASS||MAPPED RISK TARGETED MAXIMUM CONSIDERED EARTHQUAKE (MCER) |
SPECTRAL RESPONSE ACCELERATION PARAMETER AT SHORT PERIOD
|Ss ≤ 0.25||Ss = 0.50||Ss = 0.75||Ss = 1.00||Ss = 1.25||Ss ≥ 1.5|
|E||2.4||1.7||1.3||Note b||Note b||Note b|
|F||Note b||Note b||Note b||Note b||Note b||Note b|
- Use straight-line interpolation for intermediate values of mapped spectral response acceleration at short period, Ss.
- Values shall be determined in accordance with Section 11.4.8 of ASCE 7.
VALUES OF SITE COEFFICIENT FVa
|SITE CLASS||MAPPED RISK TARGETED MAXIMUM CONSIDERED EARTHQUAKE (MCER) |
SPECTRAL RESPONSE ACCELERATION PARAMETER AT 1-SECOND PERIOD
|S1 ≤ 0.1||S1 = 0.2||S1 = 0.3||S1 = 0.4||S1 = 0.5||S1 ≥ 0.6|
|F||Note b||Note b||Note b||Note b||Note b||Note b|
- Use straight-line interpolation for intermediate values of mapped spectral response acceleration at 1-second period, S1.
- Values shall be determined in accordance with Section 11.4.8 of ASCE 7.
- See requirements for site-specific ground motions in Section 11.4.8 of ASCE 7.
Five-percent damped design spectral response acceleration at short periods, SDS, and at 1-second period, SD1, shall be determined from Equations 16-38 and 16-39, respectively:
Structures classified as Risk Category I, II or III that are located where the mapped spectral response acceleration parameter at 1-second period, S1, is greater than or equal to 0.75 shall be assigned to Seismic Design Category E. Structures classified as Risk Category IV that are located where the mapped spectral response acceleration parameter at 1-second period, S1, is greater than or equal to 0.75 shall be assigned to Seismic Design Category F. Other structures shall be assigned to a seismic design category based on their risk category and the design spectral response acceleration parameters, SDS and SD1, determined in accordance with Section 1613.2.4 or the site-specific procedures of ASCE 7. Each building and structure shall be assigned to the more severe seismic design category in accordance with Table 1613.2.5(1) or 1613.2.5(2), irrespective of the fundamental period of vibration of the structure, T.
SEISMIC DESIGN CATEGORY BASED ON SHORT-PERIOD (0.2 second) RESPONSE ACCELERATION
|VALUE OF SDS||RISK CATEGORY|
|I or II||III||IV|
|SDS < 0.167g||A||A||A|
|0.167g ≤ SDS < 0.33g||B||B||C|
|0.33g ≤ SDS < 0.50g||C||C||D|
|0.50g ≤ SDS||D||D||D|
- In each of the two orthogonal directions, the approximate fundamental period of the structure, Ta, in each of the two orthogonal directions determined in accordance with Section 220.127.116.11 of ASCE 7, is less than 0.8 Ts determined in accordance with Section 11.8.6 of ASCE 7.
- In each of the two orthogonal directions, the fundamental period of the structure used to calculate the story drift is less than Ts.
- Equation 12.8-2 of ASCE 7 is used to determine the seismic response coefficient, Cs.
- The diaphragms are rigid or are permitted to be idealized as rigid in accordance with Section 12.3.1 of ASCE 7 or, for diaphragms permitted to be idealized as flexible in accordance with Section 12.3.1 of ASCE 7, the distances between vertical elements of the seismic force-resisting system do not exceed 40 feet (12 192 mm).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.