Building Loading - Wind Exposure (1995 ASCE)

(Revised: 04/01/08)

Exposure A: Large City centers with at least 50% of buildings having a height on excess of 70 feet. Use of this exposure category shall be limited to those areas for which terrain representative of Exposure A prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least one-half mile or 10 times the height of the building or structure, whichever is greater. Possible channeling effects or increased velocity pressures due to the building or structure being located in the wake of adjacent buildings shall take into account.

Exposure B: Urban and suburban areas, wooded areas, or terrain with numerous closely spaced obstructions having the size of single-family dwellings or larger. Use of this exposure category shall be limited to those areas for which terrain representative of Exposure B prevails in the upwind direction for a distance of at least 1500 feet or 10 times the height of the building or structure, whichever is greater.

Exposure C: Open terrain with scattered obstructions having heights generally less than 30 feet. This category includes flat, open country and grasslands.

Exposure D: Flat, unobstructed coastal areas directly exposed to wind flowing over open water for a distance of at least 1 mile. This exposure shall apply only to those buildings and other structures exposed to wind coming from over the water. Exposure D extends inland from the shoreline a distance of 1500 feet or 10 times the height of the building or structure, whichever is greater.

 

See also:

Building Loading - Wind Load