U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The efficient use of shear walls in residential construction subjected to wind and seismic loading is of great interest to designers and builders of homes in high hazard areas of the United States. Shear walls are the primary lateral force resisting system in residential construction. There has been considerable research aimed at optimizing the design of light-framed shear walls (wood and cold-formed steel) in recent years. The main goal of this study was to confirm and improve methods of evaluating the in-plane shear capacity of ICF walls.