Wind loads on contemporary Australian housing

Parackal, K.I., Humphreys, M.T., Ginger, J.D., and Henderson, D.J. (2016) Wind loads on contemporary Australian housing. Australian Journal of Structural Engineering, 17 (2). pp. 136-150.

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Design pressures given in wind loading standards are based on wind tunnel studies conducted during the 1970s to 90s on rectangular hip and gable roofs. However, most contemporary houses have complex hip-roof geometries with a range of plan footprints. Wind tunnel model studies were carried out on representative one- and two-storey houses to determine cladding design and truss hold-down loads. These loads were compared to design loads determined from wind loading standards AS/NZS 1170.2 and AS 4055. AS 4055 gave conservative design loads in most situations, and AS/NZS 1170.2 underestimated the loads near the windward edges and ridge on the roof. AS/NZS 1170.2 does give satisfactory design loads for wall cladding and truss hold down.

Item ID: 46057
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1328-7982
Keywords: wind loading, low-rise structures, codes and standards, wind tunnel study
Funders: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Flagship Cluster Fund
Projects and Grants: Climate Adaption Engineering for Extreme Events
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2016 00:45
FoR Codes: 40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400510 Structural engineering @ 100%
SEO Codes: 87 CONSTRUCTION > 8702 Construction Design > 870204 Residential Construction Design @ 100%
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