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Building Loads



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Building Loads

In this introduction to residential structures, the stage is set for weatherization specialists to understand the house as a system. He begins with an outline of the forces that every building must resist, and addresses how builders avoid problems like settlement cracks, floor squeaks, and nail pops.

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • List the types of loads that buildings are designed to support
  • Define live loads and dead loads
  • Discuss the importance of load paths
  • Differentiate tensile, shear, and compressive strengths

Watch our example videos for this lesson by clicking on the link(s) below:
Building Loads

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