HOUSE SAVVY–What Constitutes Solid Structural Design?
Building Codes Set the Minimum
But Not the Standard
For Savvy Builders
Solid structural design requires an understanding of the complex of forces that a structural assembly must be designed to resist. Beams, columns and walls carry each load down to the ground. Acting as a unit instead of a collection of isolated components that the wind can pick off one by one, these various systems interacting together are necessary to keep a building upright and make it stronger. Lumber sizes, the diameter and length of nails and structural screws, and other bracing requirements are determined by the structural demands of the building.
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