The dynamics and unpredictability of wind make tall buildings especially susceptible to wind gusts and directionality, as wind speeds increase with height aboveground.

Limited real estate and growing demand has increased the number of slender, tall buildings being built today. However, current codes and standards offer little guidance on the evaluation and establishment of acceptance criteria for tall buildings specific to wind effects.

The goal of a new ASCE Manual of Practice (143), Design and Performance of Tall Buildings for Wind, edited by Preetam Biswas and John Peronto, is to promote consistency and best practices across the industry.

Designed to be compatible with Minimum Design Loads Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-16) for determining wind loads, the manual also provides guidelines beyond the building code specifically for establishing and evaluating performance objectives when designing tall buildings.

With a growing trend for taller, complex structures, this manual of practice provides a framework for structural engineers, wind engineering consultants, and architects to evaluate tall buildings for wind effects.

Learn more about the book in the ASCE bookstore.