Currently the weight of building services is accounted for in an average way for typical buildings with ordinary services. The building services are elements such as heating, ventilating and air conditioning equipment, plumbing, fire suppression, electrical and data lines, and other services. These services are typically suspended from the floor of a building, with anchors where needed to adequately support the services and equipment. The individual loads at each hanger are typically small.
To account for the weight of these services, the typical approach is to include an average value of a uniform load over the entire floor rather than accounting for each individual attachment and the load it places on the floor. This project will investigate whether the current approach is valid for typical buildings. The project will also investigate the typical values used for a uniform load representing the building services to determine if it is adequate, inadequate, or overly conservative.