An Improved Approach to Gravity Overloads

Pote, Joe
October 2013
Construction Specifier;Oct2013, Vol. 66 Issue 10, p82
Trade Publication
The article discusses the utilization of tension-controlled open-web steel joists in roof designs. Particular focus is given to an article from the January 2013 issue of “Structure Magazine” that deals with snow accumulation-related roof collapses. Additional reasons for roof collapses including improper roof maintenance, the addition of load as a result of post-construction installation of solar panels and other building additions are also discussed.


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