February 2021 Monthly Meeting

Meeting Title
Wind Loading Demystified: Components and Cladding

Live Zoom Webinar. Pre-registration is required at the link below.

Dave C. Young, PE

Windspeed and wind pressures are concepts that often causes confusion and anxiety for many building professions when it comes to component and cladding design and specifications. In this course, the speaker will break down the differences between Strength Design and Allowable Stress Design approaches and discuss when each design methodology is appropriate for component and cladding design. Wind load maps for Oregon have changed in the recent iteration of the 2019 OSSC resulting in lower wind pressures in many local areas potentially lowering the cost for components and cladding systems. The speaker will discuss how these lower wind pressures can be applied to specifying windows to be more structurally efficient while maintaining separate water test pressure performance criteria. Roofing and associated components will also be explored.

Over more than 30 years, Dave Young has focused his career on building enclosure consulting, from the east to west coasts with the past 15 years in Portland, Oregon. Dave spent the first decade of his career with a structural engineering consulting firm in Canada. His experience ranges from single-family homes to large high-rise commercial, institutional, and multifamily residential buildings in new construction as well as building enclosure rehabilitation, repair, maintenance and forensic investigation.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and is a licensed professional engineer in OR and WA. He is a principal of RDH Building Science Inc. and is currently Chair of the Portland Building Enclosure Council.