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New Addition to the ASCE/SEI 7-22 Standard Protects Buildings From a 500-Year Flood Event

A new update to a widely used standard, ASCE/SEI 7-22 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Building and Other Structures, was released by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to strengthen building resilience against the flood hazard.

According to ASCE, “for more than 30 years, the ASCE 7 standard has been the authoritative source for the specification of minimum design loads and related criteria in the civil engineering community,” said Tom Smith, ASCE Executive Director. “To ensure structures continue to be safe for the public, it is imperative that the standards we rely on are updated to account for emerging risks to the built environment. This supplement is the most significant change to the standard’s flood load provisions since the inception of ASCE 7 and will improve the safety and reliability of structures across the globe.”

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