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2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic

ANSI / AWC SDPWS-2015 - Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic standard has been approved by ANSI as an American National Standard and provides criteria for proportioning, designing, and detailing engineered wood systems, members, and connections in lateral force resisting systems. Engineered design of wood structures to resist wind or seismic forces is either by allowable stress design (ASD) or load and resistance factor design (LRFD). Nominal shear capacities of diaphragms and shear walls are provided for reference assemblies.


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* Qualified students are those who are full-time students enrolled in a wood design course at a university or college.

The 2015 NDS with Commentary, 2015 NDS Supplement: Design Values for Wood Construction, and 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) with Commentary, is available for purchase as a set in the 2015 Wood Design Package.

OR Download View-Only PDF for Free (does not contain SDPWS Commentary)
ANSI/AWC SDPWS-2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic standard
(56 pages, 3.89 MB)

Note: Click on the document cover icon to download a free "view-only" PDF version. The "view-only" version cannot be printed, nor can text be copied. The SDPWS Commentary provides background information and example calculations for various sections and tables of the SDPWS. The SDPWS Commentary is only available with purchase.

Example Problems

Wood Shear Wall Design Examples for Wind Structure Magazine - June 2017



Errata and addendums that have been developed for AWC documents are available here in PDF format.

SDPWS Online Courses
  • DES340 – Cornucopia of Classic Connection Conundrums

  • DES413-3 – Calculating ASD Shear Wall Capacities per 2015 SDPWS Using the Equal Deflection Approach

  • DES413-4 – Seismic Example WFCM/SDPWS Comparison 2015

  • DES413-5 – Wood Shear Wall Seismic and Wind Design Example per 2015 WFCM and 2015 SDPWS

  • DES415 – Resolving Wood Shear Wall Design Puzzles with Force Transfer Around Openings

  • DES416 – Wind Solutions - Perforated Wood Structural Panel Shear Walls

  • DES420-A1 – Designing for High Winds

  • DES431 – Demystifying Diaphragm Design

  • STD415 – 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic Overview and Changes

  • STD415-A – 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic

  • STD510 – Significant Changes to AWC's 2015 NDS and the 2015 SDPWS

  • STD600-A – What the 2015 IBC Means for Wood Construction – Part IV: Permanent Wood Foundations

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