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What are the design manuals for wood construction in high wind areas?

The following design standards for wood construction in high wind areas are presently referenced in model building codes such as the IBC (International Building Code) and IRC (International Residential Code):

1. AWC Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) 2015 Edition
2. ICC Standard for Residential Construction in High Wind Regions (ICC-600)

The WFCM is an ANSI approved document that provides engineered and prescriptive requirements for wood frame construction based on dead, live, snow, seismic and wind loads derived from the ASCE 7-10 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

ICC-600 presents prescriptive methods to provide wind resistant designs and construction details for residential buildings. The standard is an update to SSTD 10-99 and includes new provisions such as prescriptive designs for wind speeds up to 150 mph with three-second gusts and exterior wall coverings for high wind.

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