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DA 5 - Inscribed versus Separate Structures in the WFCM

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The inscribed structure method, applicable for wind loads, is a means of facilitating the calculation of shear wall sheathing lengths where building geometry is non-rectangular - by inscribing the overall building into one rectangle. This Design Aid was developed as supplemental information for the Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings to facilitate the design of inscribed versus separate structures.

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