What Is ASCE 7? Design Loads & Job-Specific Calculations Explained

In episode three of our series about wind uplifts and metal roofing, you’ll learn what ASCE 7 is, why it’s especially important for commercial projects, and how it can affect metal roofing jobs. On today’s Q&A Monday, Jeff Hock from the Sheffield Metals Technical department joins Thad Barnette to discuss the design load requirements set forth by ASCE 7 and detail how to perform job-specific calculations using a given project’s design criteria.

Topics covered:

  • What is ASCE 7? 00:29
  • Does ASCE 7 or local building codes set the standard? 01:11
  • What are roof zones and why do they matter? 02:18
  • Do roof zones affect clip spacing? 03:32
  • Is ASCE 7 used mostly in commercial projects? 04:37
  • How do design pressures relate to wind speed? 05:03
  • How should a contractor get job specific calculations? 07:19
  • How would you bid a project without having calculations? 08:40
  • What other criteria is included in the ASCE 7 package? 10:30

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