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Climate Zone Map for Builders
« on: March 10, 2012, 09:37:34 PM »
This link takes you to a page where state maps with counties color coded to the climate zone type are available. Handy for planning what is best for insulation and vapor barriers for example.

This info is also available in the IRC, Chapter 11. That chapter also has a list that gives climate zone by State and County.

A little common sense and local knowledge can be invaluable along with the maps and tables. The county I live in is rated as climate zone 5B. We live 2.5 miles from the southern boundary of our county. It is a very large county, extending some 60 miles north. The county to the south is rated as climate zone 4B. There is enough of a difference between the two zones to matter with some things. The type of Hardi cement board siding is one.
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Re: Climate Zone Map for Builders
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2012, 01:41:52 PM »
Adding a Map...  Map is clickable and enlargeable.
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Re: Climate Zone Map for Builders
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2012, 01:55:53 PM »
Another method for obtaining climate zone information.  HERE you can select the climate zone and zone sub type. Clicking on the link opens a page that lists counties in alphabetic order.

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Re: Climate Zone Map for Builders
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2012, 06:06:46 PM »
Nice maps Don.


It's amazing that Whidbey Island is further North than Maine but our climate is closer to Northern California. (Thanks to ocean currents and the jet stream.)
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Re: Climate Zone Map for Builders
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2012, 08:12:13 PM »
Here's a document that has a Canadian Snow Load MAp,  see page 5

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Re: Climate Zone Map for Builders
« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2015, 04:58:47 PM »
A climate zone map that covers both the USA and Canada....
Just because something has been done and has not failed, doesn’t mean it is good design.

If you didn't have the time or money to do it right in the first place, when will you get the time and money to fix it?