NRCA Announces Significant Updates to Roof Wind Designer Online Wind-Load Calculator

Roof Wind Designer Screen Shot

NRCA has announced the update of Roof Wind Designer, an online wind-load calculator intended to provide roofing professionals with an easy way to determine a roof system’s design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types subject to code compliance.

The free web-based application has been updated to reflect the significant changes made to ASCE 7, “Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures.” Changes include basic wind map changes; new roof zone layouts; and updates to pressure coefficients.

Roof Wind Designer also added the ability to perform wind load calculations for the 2016 version of ASCE 7 and enables users to choose between three versions of the standard: ASCE 7-05, ASCE 7-10 and ASCE 7-16.

The 2016 version of the application can also be used on flat buildings up to 160 feet using the standard’s chapter 30 Part 4: Buildings with 60ft < h ≤ 160ft (Simplified) , giving users a wider range of buildings that can be calculated. Design wind loads for other applicable buildings are calculated pursuant to simplified low-rise procedures for each standard.

Roof Wind Designer initially was developed in cooperation with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and North/East Roofing Contractors Association.

For more information visit www.roofwinddesigner.com.

 

2 thoughts on “NRCA Announces Significant Updates to Roof Wind Designer Online Wind-Load Calculator

  1. Ron Pickle says:

    This is a great tool, a big blessing for the roofers like me! This would expedite the design process and help us better comply with the standards. Best part is that, it is free, small roofers like me can easily use and adapt it. Definitely would spend couple of days exploring and learning it.

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  2. Russ says:

    I agree. Great tool for the little guy. We will be sure to feature it on Residential Roofing

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