Reliability-based snow load maps for building design

David J. DeBock, Abbie B. Liel, James R. Harris, & Jeannette M. Torrents

In Preparation 2015, SCEC Contribution #7142

This paper describes the development of a new snow load map for defining ground snow loads for building (roof) design in the state of Colorado. The newly proposed Colorado maps aim to ensure that structures designed across the state achieve the target safety index of 3 defined in ASCE 7. To achieve this target safety index, the proposed design ground snow loads may be bigger or smaller than the 50-year load that ASCE 7 currently recommends for design, depending on the site.

DeBock, D. J., Liel, A. B., Harris, J. R., & Torrents, J. M. (2015). Reliability-based snow load maps for building design. Oral Presentation at 12th International Conference on Applications of Statistics and Probability in Civil Engineering (ICASP).