Fast Turnaround on Wind Load Calculations for Rooftop Installations in Broward County, FL: A Client Success Story

In the high-velocity hurricane zones (HVHZ) of Broward County, Florida, specifying accurate wind load calculations is not just recommended—it’s mandated by law. Adhering to the latest Florida Building Code (FBC) and HVHZ requirements is crucial for ensuring the structural safety of any rooftop installation. In this article, we’ll delve into how we provided a client with fast, precise wind load calculations for a rooftop solar panel installation, facilitating their project’s smooth progression.

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The Challenge

Our client needed to ensure their rooftop solar panel system could withstand the unique environmental pressures of Broward County. These include wind speeds of up to 170 mph, given the area’s designation as a high-velocity hurricane zone. With these stringent criteria, a fast and accurate wind load calculations was paramount for the project to move forward.

Our Solution: A Comprehensive Report

Our engineering team swung into immediate action. We provided:

  1. Engineer Letter Summarizing Results: A concise letter from a licensed engineer summarizing the wind load calculations, ensuring compliance with the latest FBC and HVHZ requirements.
  2. Solar Equipment Specifications: Detailed specifications of the solar panel system analyzed, allowing for a comprehensive understanding of the components and their tolerances.
  3. Detailed Wind Calculations Report: This included everything from basic wind speeds to exposure classifications and risk categories. All of this was presented clearly and meticulously.
  4. Supporting Information: Supplementary material like property exhibits and location information were included to provide an all-encompassing overview.

Key Features of the Report

Speedy Turnaround Time

Understanding the time-sensitive nature of construction projects, our report was delivered within an expedited timeline without compromising on accuracy.

Adherence to Latest FBC & HVHZ Requirements

The report strictly followed the FBC 2020 standards and the specific HVHZ regulations applicable to Broward County.

Detailed Analysis

From the dynamics of the structure to altitude above sea level, every factor was meticulously analyzed to provide the most accurate results.

The Outcome: A Happy Client

Upon receiving our comprehensive report, the client was not just satisfied but elated. They are now using the wind pressures specified in our report for their in-depth analysis and design of the rooftop solar panel installation.


Accuracy and speed don’t have to be mutually exclusive. We’re proud to have met the stringent requirements of Broward County’s HVHZ and the latest FBC, providing our client with the information they needed, when they needed it. When it comes to wind load calculations, we’re the experts you can trust for fast and accurate results.

For more information on our wind load calculation services, contact us today.

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