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Development of a Probability Based Load Criterion
for American National Standard A58

Building Code Requirements for Minimum Design Loads
in Buildings and Other Structures

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, Philip M. Klutznick, Secretary

Luther H. Hodges, Jr., Deputy Secretary

Jordan J. Baruch, Assistant Secretary for Productivity, Technology and Innovation

Issued June 1980




Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 80-600067

National Bureau of Standards Special Publication 577
Nat. Bur. Stand. (U.S.), Spec. Publ. 577, 228 pages (June 1980)




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Recommended load factors and load combinations are presented which are compatible

with the loads in the proposed 1980 version of American National Standard A58, Building

Code Requirements for Minimum Design Loads in Buildings and Other Structures.

The load

effects considered are due to dead, occupancy live, snow, wind and earthquake loads.


load factors were developed using concepts of probabilistic limit states design which

incorporate state-of-the-art load and resistance models and available statistical information.

Reliabilities associated with representative structural members and elements designed

according to current (1979) structural specifications were calculated for reinforced and

prestressed concrete, structural steel, cold-formed steel, aluminum, masonry and glued

laminated timber construction.

The report presents the rationale for selecting the criterion

format and load factors and describes the methodology to be followed by material specification

groups for determining resistance factors consistent with the implied level of reliability

and the statistical data.

The load factors are intended to apply to all types of structural

materials used in building construction.

Key words:

Aluminum; buildings (codes); design (buildings); concrete (prestressed);

concrete (reinforced); limit states; loads (forces); ma sonry; probability theory;

reliability; safety; specifications; standards; statistical analysis; steel;

structural engineering; timber.

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