OSB Sheathed/Braced Condo Collapse Video Goes Viral

Originally published by: WRAL TVJanuary 12, 2014

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A video (posted below) of a condo building in the Briar Creek area of Raleigh, NC collapsing has gone viral. This past Saturday, the building was subject a straight line wind gust of approximately 86 mph.  The gust was measured at RDU (Raleigh-Durham International Airport), about a mile from the site.  Design wind speed in this area is 90 mph.  The building was under construction and there are quite a few unknowns about the stage of the construction process and how installation was being implemented. Having the wall sheathing in place and its reaction to the wind loading conditions within the installation process that was being used on this site will provide an interesting case study with respect to installation guidance and safety.

This video has received significant national coverage, including:

 

 

 

For additional information on the performance of wood structural panels, please visit the following webpage on OSB as a Raw Material and the following articles on performance of building materials in high winds and as tested.