NFBA's Revised Post-Frame Building Design Manual

Download Chapter 1 to Help Introduce Post Frame to Your Clients

Designers and architects who are introducing post-frame building systems to prospective clients can now share with them the first chapter of NFBA’s newly revised Post-Frame Building Design Manual, which includes many color images of post-frame structural applications and building diagrams, among other useful features. Click here to download a free copy of the 36-page chapter.

The chapter is one of eight newly expanded chapters in the second edition of the manual. Available to NFBA members for $75 (downloadable PDF) or $110 (printed version) and to nonmembers for $150 (downloadable PDF) or $185 (printed version), the manual includes concise yet comprehensive chapters on building regulations, structural load and deflection criteria, structural design, post and pier foundation design, diaphragm design, metal-clad wood-frame diaphragm properties, and post design.

The first chapter, “Introduction to Post-Frame Buildings,” contains both standard post- frame terminology and general building terminology, but it goes beyond the basics by explaining how post frame differs from other building types (e.g., heavy timber) and providing a brief history of post-frame building that dates back to the early 1600s in the United States.

Particularly useful to designers, architects, and sales and marketing people are two new sections in Chapter 1 on the advantages of post-frame building and ideal structural applications. Advantages include functionality, affordability, comfort, aesthetics, durability, environmental friendliness, and safety (easily remembered with the acronym FACADES). Structural applications range from post-frame buildings with towers and bracket-supported overhangs to those with corrosive contents.

David R. Bohnhoff, PhD PE, professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, who revised the 15-year-old manual, said that he attempted to answer questions that he regularly fields from architects and engineers and to explain the “whys” behind post-frame building systems. “I always wished I had a document that explained in detail how you do a particular calculation and what assumptions you need to make,” he said. “I also wanted to provide design options and explain the reasoning behind various standards and code provisions.”

Watch for future articles on the revised design manual in Post-Frame Advantage E-News. We will be sure to highlight sections of keen interest to designers and architects.

To order the Post-Frame Building Design Manualclick here. If you’re not already an NFBA member, sign up today to download the manual at the discounted rate, and take advantage of the many other benefits of NFBA membership.