SE-007 Design Loads for Residential Buildings

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Design Loads for Residential Buildings

The Design Loads for Residential Buildings course is part of our Structural Course Category and provides guidance on design loads for residential buildings.

The course focuses on those aspects of ASCE 7 and other technical resources that are particularly relevant to the determination of design loads for residential structures. The course provides supplemental design assistance to address aspects of residential construction for which current practice is either silent or in need of improvement.

Loads are a primary consideration in any building design because they define the nature and magnitude of hazards or external forces that a building must resist to provide reasonable performance (that is, safety and serviceability) throughout the structure’s useful life. The anticipated loads are influenced by a building’s intended use (occupancy and function), configuration (size and shape), and location (climate and site conditions). Ultimately, the type and magnitude of design loads affect critical decisions such as material selection, construction details, and architectural configuration. To optimize the value (that is, performance versus economy) of the finished product, therefore, design loads must be applied realistically.

This course is based on Chapter 3 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development document “Residential Structural Design Guide”, Second Edition.

This course is intended for use by civil and structural engineers, design and construction professionals, students and others interested in learning about design loads for residential construction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use the ASCE 7 load combinations for both ASD and LRFD design
  • Explain how dead loads are derived and calculated
  • Describe main categories of live loads
  • Calculate soil lateral loads on foundation walls
  • Describe and calculate other environmental loads such as wind, snow, earthquake, flood, and tornadoes
  • Explain step by step how gravity and lateral loads are calculated

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