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Shear walls and moment frames are the standard solutions for handling lateral forces on building walls in both seismic and high-wind zones. But the ways in which earthquakes and hurricanes act on a building differ, so the job that shear walls or moment frames do varies depending on whether they're facing a seismic load, a wind load, or—to make things a bit more complicated—both.

Engineer Steven Pryor, a Simpson Strong-Tie expert on designing for lateral loads, gave JLC some insight into that topic in a September interview.

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