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2003 IBC - Residential Interior Wall Loads

2003 IBC - Residential Interior Wall Loads

2003 IBC - Residential Interior Wall Loads

I have a residential, non-load bearing, 14 ft high, interior wall constructed of 2x4 studs at 16" c/c with drywall each side. The wall is not intended to carry gravity loads nor lateral loads. Is there any design criteria for this wall? I think I remember a 5 psf lateral load requirement for interior walls (perhaps from a previous edition of the UBC?)but I can find no IBC design criteria for such a wall. Please advise.

RE: 2003 IBC - Residential Interior Wall Loads

In the FBC, based on the IBC, that note is in 1607.13.  Note that it is in the live load section.

RE: 2003 IBC - Residential Interior Wall Loads

Table R602.3(5) of the 2003 IRC is Size, Height and Spacing of Wood Studs and states that Nonbearing Walls of 2x4 @ 24"oc can be max 14' tall.  It's prescriptive.  I believe the IBC refers to the IRC for residential applications.

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