Heel Blocking

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Structural Building Components Association (SBCA)

Heel blocking is a commonly used method to transfer in-plane lateral loads from the braced wall panel to the roof diaphragm. Heel blocking is installed between roof truss heels at the top of the exterior wall. Structural engineers may have questions regarding the prescriptive code requirements or the capacity of commonly used heel blocking to achieve a desired load transfer. This guide reviews the basics of determining whether a heel block is structurally adequate. 

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