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The following load criteria applying in Fauquier County are based on Chapter 16 of the 2015 Virginia Construction Code, and Chapter 3 of the 2015 Virginia Residential Code.


Type Criteria
Ground snow load 30 pounds per sq. foot (PSF)
Wind speed 90 miles per hour three second gust
76 miles per hour fasted wind speed
Residential seismic design category      A
Weathering probability for concrete Severe
Termite infestation probability Moderate to Heavy
Decay probability Slight to Moderate
Ice/Water shield required Yes
Winter design temperature 17 degrees Fahrenheit
Air freezing index Less than or equal to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit
Frost depth 24 inches
Mean annual temperature 54.4 degrees Fahrenheit



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