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Title: Evaluation of the High-Heel Roof-to-Wall Connection with Extended OSB Wall Sheathing

Author: DeRenzis, Andrew; Kochkin, Vladimir; Wang, Xiping;

Date: 2013

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-222, 2013; 15 p.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: A recently completed testing project conducted to evaluate optimized structural roof-to-wall attachment solutions demonstrated the effectiveness of wood structural panels in restraining high-heel trusses against rotation. This study was designed to further evaluate the performance of OSB wall sheathing panels extended over the high-heel truss in resisting combined uplift and shear forces. Five full-size roof–wall assemblies were constructed with extended OSB wall sheathing and each was tested under a different loading combination. Our test results indicate that using extended wood structural panel wall sheathing as the primary connection element at the roof-to-wall interface of energy trusses can provide a continuous load path in both the shear and uplift directions and can be considered a viable option for residential construction in most areas of the country.

Keywords: Lateral performance, high-heel truss, OSB wall sheathing, roof system, roof-to-wall connection

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DeRenzis, Andrew; Kochkin, Vladimir; Wang, Xiping. 2013. Evaluation of the high-heel roof-to-wall connection with extended OSB wall sheathing. Gen. Tech. Rept. FPL-GTR-222. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 15 p.


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