Pole Barn Kit Engineering

The Uniform Building Code (UBC) was first published in 1927 and used mostly in the western part of the US. It was replaced by the International Building Code (IBC) in 2000 and amended thereafter. It's purpose is to provide consistant standards for safe construction in North America.

Some counties are sticklers for any type of construction and their code must be adhered to for building permit approval, others not so rigid. If you want a lifetime of use out of your building then proper engineering is a must.

Load Factors
Dead load is simply the weight of the structure on the foundation. Snow load is the weight of the snow and the dead load together. Live loads include imposed loads like snow, occupancy, and movement within.

The engineering of your building must take these factors into consideration including the purpose of the building, exposure to the elements, as well as other considerations.

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Post Frame Construction Engineering
In order to ensure a code compliant building, and a permanent structure, snow load, maximum wind speed, and soil bearing capacity are factors that must be taken into consideration.

Soil Bearing Capacity
The depth of pole embedment, footing width, and uplift protection can change based upon the soil bearing strength in your area and for structures with open walls. Your local building permit office can tell you the soil bearing capacity for your area.

Maximum Wind Speed & Snow Load
The size of the structure, snow load, and 3 second wind gust are important factors in determining the post size and other structural member sizes chosen for your building.

Truss construction, the size and spacing of purlins and girts, and pole size are all important decisions that must be made to construct a long lasting structure.

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