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ASCE Structural Engineering Institute Announces New Prestandard for Performance-Based Wind Design

RESTON, Va.  – The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) has published ASCE/SEI Prestandard for Performance-Based Wind Design. SEI received a research grant from the Charles Pankow Foundation for $150,000 with co-funding support from the ACI Foundation, American Institute of Steel Construction, ASCE Industry Leaders Council and the MKA Foundation, to develop and publish the Prestandard.

This Prestandard presents a recommended alternative to the prescriptive procedures for wind design of buildings contained in the International Building Code (IBC) and in the nationally adopted standard, Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7).

While providing a performance-based approach for wind that is compatible with current performance-based approaches for seismic design, if properly implemented, the Prestandard results in buildings that are capable of achieving the wind performance objectives specified by ASCE 7—and in many instances—superior performance to these objectives.


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