There are devastating forces we encounter in nature, which I term the hammers of
God. Despite knowing the danger represented, we choose to build in their paths
of destruction. In this course, we confront one hammer taking the form of
Whether unusually high winds manifest as hurricanes, tornadoes, severe
storms or other events, they can cause substantial harm to both residential and
commercial properties. This results in significant financial loss and possible
loss of lives. The best solution would be to not build in hazardous areas, but
we are too stubborn to accept defeat. So, we do our best to learn all we can of
what to expect, and determine wind loads we can reasonably expect to mitigate.
We examine load paths for the various types of pressures and loads that we
expect buildings to be subjected to by wind. We research known ways to mitigate
expected forces. Then we seek to implement the best solutions we can afford, to
soften the blow of the hammer.
Precautions taken during either design or construction will be greatly
appreciated by building occupants when a high wind event occurs.