Wind loads on low-rise buildings: Upstream exposure effect Conference

cited authors

  • Zisis, I; Stathopoulos, T

fiu authors


  • An experimental test house has been constructed in Fredericton (NB, Canada) and both envelope pressures and its wind-induced structural response have been monitored during the last three years. In addition, a 1:200-scaled model of the house was tested at the boundary layer wind tunnel of Concordia University. Acquired field data have been analyzed to evaluate the exposure characteristics for different wind angles of attack. Upstream terrain characteristics variations with respect to wind direction are presented. These data are also considered to properly simulate the upstream terrain in the wind tunnel. Mean and peak pressure coefficient distributions are evaluated and the impact of a varying exposure on the overall structural wind-induced load is discussed.

publication date

  • December 1, 2009