Questions and Answers

Common engineering questions answered by our professional engineers.

A: Typically wind is the primary (governing) load condition for pole buildings. Snow loading begins to have an important effect at approximately 50 psf and higher.

A: A shear wall is a wall that is installed to resist lateral loading such as wind and seismic loads through diaphragm or plate action.

A: A cantilevered building resists lateral loading through post bending only. A diaphragmed building takes advantage of the shear capacity of the wall sheathing to resist lateral loading.

A: The most common gauge of metal sheathing used in northwest pole buildings is 29 gauge.

A: The International Building Code.