Wind Bracing

Clients when they come to SQ Consultants to get a drawing prepared for their addition.   Invariably they want windows on all sides.  When they are told that they cannot have so many windows because of windbracing issues they are not aware of windbracing.  Their standard answer is the existing house has as many windows why cannot the new addition have the same windows. The cost associated with trying to match up with the existing windows may be such that the project may not be viable.

Windbracing is a big part of any drawing which is prepared for residential construction.

It is important to understand the limitations imposed by the IRC on windows in new construction.