What is wall bracing and why is it such a big deal?
Proper wall bracing, as prescribed by Chapter 6 of the MN State Residential Code, is critical in the design of any home. What IS wall bracing? It is a system of specially constructed wall segments attached to the roof, floor, and foundation that resist lateral (sideways) loads created by wind blowing against the sides of a structure. In general, lateral loads are considered to act horizontally, whereas loads resulting from the force of gravity (snow and the weights of materials, furnishing and occupants) are considered to act vertically, making it important to build a structure that can withstand both forces. Compliance is critical not only because it contributes to life safety and adds to the overall structural quality of a house, but because the code requires it.
Wall Bracing Code Verification Services include……
- Knowledgeable, professional wall bracing designers evaluate the submitted house plans and determine a code compliant wall bracing design that include plans and worksheets for a new home or home addition for submittal with a building permit application.
- Expert service available to homeowners, builders, and contractors.
- MNSPECT also does wall bracing review on plans submitted to cities where the inspectors lack sufficient time or expertise to verify compliance.