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ASCE | Minimum Design Loads For Buildings and Other Structures


ASCE | Minimum Design Loads For Buildings and Other Structures

June 30, 2018
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The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) — and its affiliate the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI) —  develops a suite of ANSI-accredited standards that inform the standard of care for structural engineers, architects, and building code officials working in the built environment of the education industry and others.   Its standard — ASCE 7 -16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures — describes the means for determining dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, and wind loads, and their combinations for general structural design.   The 2022 revision is open for public comment.

Proposals are due June 30, 2018.  You may propose revisions to the ASCE 7 standard using the  ASCE 7 Change Proposal Form.  (You will need to set up a no-fee account).  Proposals to revise the ASCE 7 Standards must be submitted using this form and are to be submitted via email to Jon Esslinger, Director, Codes and Standards, at  More information about participating in the ASCE standards development process for this and other documents may be obtained from Jennifer Groupil (

The ASCE suite of standards is on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door Teleconference every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time.   We Click here to log in any Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern Time*.

Issue: [13-68]

Category: Architectural, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Jack Janveja, Bryan Valachek

* Link to previous work on this standard: (Legacy) Advocacy Project 13-68 .   Note that our primary interest in ASCE 7 was to advocate for, a) up-to-date and more granular identification of occupancy classes, and b) revisit loading requirements recognizing that education facilities presented lower load because fewer books were stored on site.  For example, many colleges and university “libraries” are now “media centers” with heavier books stored in off-site slab on grade facilities.  


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