High Wind and Seismic: Code Requirements

OSB nonresidential constructionClick on the associated heading to learn more about the publications listed below.

WFCM High Wind Guides from The American Wood Council (AWC).

  • Guide to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 90 MPH, Exposure B
  • Guide to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 100 MPH, Exposure B
  • Guide to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 110 MPH, Exposure B
  • Guide to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 120 MPH, Exposure B
  • Guide to Wood Construction in High Wind Areas for One- and Two-Family Dwellings, 130 MPH, Exposure B
  • Carribean Basin Builders' Guide to Panelized Wood Construction in High Wind and Seismic Areas

Fortified Standards

These voluntary construction standards can be utilized during new construction or remodeling and can be broadly applicable to all hazards, or more narrowly focused on a specific hazard.

Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IIBHS)

  • Roofing the Right Way
  • Reduce Hurricane Damage to Homes
  • Reduce Hurricane Damage to Businesses

FEMA Risk Management Series: Designing for Earthquakes

A manual for architects.

WoodWorks: Designing for Wind Resistance

Design strong, durable buildings that meet code requirements and ensure reliable performance under high winds.

AWC: Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic

This standard provides criteria for proportioning, designing, and detailing engineered wood systems, members, and connections in lateral force resisting systems.