This is an Archive of the ASCE7-05 Windload Program for Wall Components and Cladding
The program displays the Wall Components and Cladding design pressures for the selected conditions. I use these programs to verify the design pressures provided by the architects or to create them for estimating or engineering purposes. It is highly recommended you review the building code to understand where the information comes from. Refer to the links page for various building code web sites.
As you will see in the Asce7 Building Code there are two methods. Method 1 (section 6.4 simplified procedure) is a chart based format and is not used on this web site due to the fact method 2 (section 220.127.116.11.1 analytical procedure) generates the same design pressures from a calculated basis. Method 2 (section 18.104.22.168.1) has two limitations. The mean roof height is less than or equal to 60 ft and if the roof angles are less than or equal to 10 degrees the External Pressure Coefficients are reduced 10 percent. The method 2 (section 22.214.171.124.2 analytical procedure) is used for mean roof heights greater than 60 ft.
A note about the Florida Building Code 2007, the FBC no longer gives you information to calculate the design pressures and refers you, in chapter 16 section 1603.1.4, to use the Asce7 code for your calculations. In chapter 35 (referenced standards) of the Florida Building code 2007, it specifically refers to use Asce7-05.
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A note about the Kzt factor: Kzt is a topographic effect factor to account for speed up over hills. Since I reside in Florida I use Kzt equals one and established that as the default value. Refer to your states Kzt values and adjust the value as required. I found a paper from the Florida International University stating few places in the state of Florida would warrant an escarpment factor greater than 1.0, therefore Kzt is unnecessary in the current endeavor. I found a great site showing the Kzt factors for Seattle, Washington from the Department of Planning and Development, their values range from 1.12 to 2. Refer to the links page for information.
A note about the Kd factor: Kd is a directionality factor. Over the years the Kd factor value has stirred up some controversy as to whether the value is 0.85 or should be one. I have set the default value to 0.85; if you are uncertain what value to use change the value to one for a worst case scenario. I found a good reference to this question at Engineering Express to support the Kd factor equals 0.85. Refer to the links page for information.Please take a look at the MetalOpt.com material optimizer.