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Structural Design Loads for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

Report Acceptance Date: 
May 2001 (50 pages)
Posted Date:   
May 1, 2001

This guide serves the express purpose of promoting a practical and technically sound method of determining design loads for typical residential construction in the United States. The scope, therefore, is limited to single-family attached and detached buildings. It is intended to advance residential building design by unifying the current practice of applying design loads, improving the level of efficiency in the design effort, and promoting cost-effective results. Therefore, this guide serves as a resource document for residential building designers and as a simple model for reasonable determination of design loads for low-rise residential buildings.