1. ATTENTION returning members. If you are coming here from the old forum for the first time, you will need to reset you password. However, we had an email problem getting password reset links set out to a lot of the email addresses. That problem is temporarily rectified but IF you still have an issue, email me direct at info@thebuildingcodeforum.com and I will give you a temporary password.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Welcome to the new and improved Building Code Forum. We appreciate you being here and hope that you are getting the information that you need concerning all codes of the building trades. This is a free forum to the public due to the generosity of the Sawhorses, Corporate Supporters and Supporters who have upgraded their accounts. If you would like to have improved access to the forum please upgrade to Sawhorse by clicking here: Upgrades
    Dismiss Notice

How to determine Design Load bearing, wind, and seismic

Discussion in 'Architects & Engineers' started by Zarathustra, Jul 31, 2017.

  1. Zarathustra

    Zarathustra New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Greetings! My gf and I bought land in Hand we are allowed to draw up our own plans without an architects approval given the size of the building. I am using plans I found online with slight modifications but don't know how to determine these criteria they ask for:

    Live flood load
    Live Roof load
    Basic Wind speed
    Effective wind speed
    Wind exposure category
    Seismic design category

    [​IMG]
     
  2. cda

    cda Sawhorse

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2009
    Messages:
    12,377
    Likes Received:
    521
    Seek professional help, if you want your house to last.

    You will actually save money, by spending it in the right places

    You cannot post pictures until you are a paid forum supporter

    You can post a link
     
  3. steveray

    steveray Sawhorse

    Joined:
    Nov 25, 2009
    Messages:
    5,125
    Likes Received:
    443
    If I see it correctly, you would be looking for the Virginia Building Code and I do believe it is readily available online. One of our Va folks may chime in with a link, but as CDA says, a good designer may be able to save you some money and/or headache.
     
  4. MtnArch

    MtnArch Sawhorse

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2009
    Messages:
    260
    Likes Received:
    17
    Looking at the linked image it says it's from the County of Hawai'i which I'm assuming is on one of the Hawaiian islands. It really would be best to contact a design professional from where you are looking to build to help you out. I think you'll find most of the plans you find online will only provide partial plans at best, and most need to be heavily modified to fit the locale that you'll be in. Most folks I've heard of that tried submitting what they bought online were politely turned away at the building department counter with a suggestion to contact someone local to provide the missing information.
     
  5. mark handler

    mark handler Sawhorse

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Messages:
    8,884
    Likes Received:
    299
    Contact the Local Building Department for the following: (It varies)
    Basic Wind speed
    Effective wind speed
    Wind exposure category
    Seismic design category

    Live floor loads and Live Roof loads are found in the code books

    If you do not Know these things, contact a design professional
     
  6. tmurray

    tmurray Sawhorse

    Joined:
    Jun 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,038
    Likes Received:
    166
    The online plans I receive generally are not acceptable as construction drawings. Particularly when I receive plans drawn using the IRC. Usually takes about 2 hours to do a residential review...Online plans can take two days to a week to review. You probably won't pay much more to have someone re-draw the online plans you've found and they can make little changes for you to make the house yours.
     
  7. mark handler

    mark handler Sawhorse

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2009
    Messages:
    8,884
    Likes Received:
    299
    contact a design professional
    For a roof typical Live Load = 20 psf; may be different depending on roof slope. plus snow and dead loads when applicable
    For a floor a typical Live Load = 40 psf for residential occupancies. plus dead and concentrated loads when applicable
     

Share This Page