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Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

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Authors:   Ken Ramsay
Keywords:   Swine building, wind bracing, structural design, design approach

Swine housing design focuses on layout, ventilation, and manure handling. The building shell is built in much the same manner as when the first “modern” confinement systems were constructed. Structural designs have not been updated as buildings have increased in size. Buildings run the risk of being constructed without considering the impact of larger rooms, flexible material, and longer lengths. Additional costs can be avoided by incorporating structural elements into the design during planning stages. A checklist of structural elements can be used in planning the building layout. A construction supervisor or site owner can use the discussion on building components to verify proper installation. For conditions that exceed capacities, some common solutions are provided. System designers can use these basic relationships between building elements to determine when additional costs are likely to be incurred. (Download PDF)    (Export to EndNotes)