FAQs: Wind Bracing Applicability
Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the Northridge Earthquake in 1994 precipitated changes to the wind and seismic provisions of the national building codes. The codes require all construction to be designed to resist the potential for such events based on a jurisdiction's probability for wind and/or seismic events.
No. Wall bracing elements will be inspected during the framing inspection.
The walls of your new room must meet the current wall bracing requirements. However, the posts of the deck below must be designed by a registered design professional to resist the new applied lateral loads.
No. The maximum height of a braced wall panel using the Virginia Residential Code is 12 feet.