Let It Snow: Modern Snow Retention Systems

to take this course

Heavy snow, while perfect for skiing and snowball fights, is less than ideal when it glaciates and moves on roofs. Despite the many damages that snow and ice moving on roofs can cause to a building and its occupants, there are currently no codes or standards for snow retention systems in the United States or Canada. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss various solutions for snow and ice moving on roofs, including design practices and roof types. Design professionals will learn how to ensure modern snow retention systems that utilize brackets and fences are properly engineered to efficiently and safely retain snow in order to protect a building, its occupants, and its surroundings.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Recognize common hazards that result from heavy snow moving on roofs, especially those that present danger to occupants and buildings
  2. Compare and contrast solutions for heavy snow and ice moving on roofs, including design practices and roof types, based on their durability, safety, and efficiency
  3. Identify modern snow retention solutions, such as snow brackets and snow fences, that efficiently and safely retain snow so that occupants can safely access and use a building
  4. List engineering factors that need to be considered to ensure snow retention devices are properly engineered in order to effectively solve the many potential problems of heavy snow moving on roofs
Design Category (CSI Division): 
(07) Thermal and Moisture Protection
Delivery Format: 
Slide Show - No Audio
Applicable Credits