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Below is a list of upcoming and previously-recorded webinars. Follow the noted links to register for upcoming webinars, or to view recorded webinars and to access related resources.

APA Wall Bracing Webinar Series for AIBD Professionals

APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) are teaming to present a free five-part webinar series on wall bracing. The series began June 26, 2014, with a one-hour introductory session covering wall bracing history, theory and strategy. Additional sessions will be held monthly through October and will address related topics, including meeting code requirements with wall bracing, the simplified wall bracing method, and bracing for higher seismic and wind zones.

Series presenters will include Bob Clark, Roger Roatch and Bryan Readling, APA Engineered Wood Specialists with a combined 63 years’ experience providing engineered wood product building and design support and recommendations. APA has collaborated with code bodies since the 1950’s to improve wall performance and reduce the risk of catastrophic home failure through the development of prescriptive wall bracing techniques that specify plywood and OSB wood structural panel sheathing.

The series is hosted by AIBD; AIBD members will be eligible to earn continuing education units by attending the webinars. Participation is free but advanced registration is required for each program: click on the following webinar titles for more information and registration:

Wall Bracing I: Why wall bracing and wall bracing strategy
This webinar was broadcast live on June 26, 2014. A recording of the program is now available to view. Note that at this time, AIBD continuing education credits are not offered for viewing pre-recorded programs.
Prescriptive wall bracing is a method of handling the lateral forces that act on a house. Applying wall bracing correctly per the IRC requires knowledge of the system and a strategy for identifying and meeting the various options available within the code. This webinar also covers the history of wall bracing and how loads are handled through braced wall lines and braced wall panels.

Wall Bracing II: Meeting the code through prescriptive wall bracing
This webinar was broadcast live on July 22, 2014. A recording of the program is now available to view. Note that at this time, AIBD continuing education credits are not offered for viewing pre-recorded programs.
With sixteen different types of braced walls included in the IRC, as well as various tables, exceptions, alternates, and connection requirements, meeting the IRC bracing requirements appears to be a very complex task for homebuilders and designers. This webinar will break down the general wall bracing requirements and show how to use the tables within the IRC to determine if braced wall lines meet those requirements.

Wall Bracing III: Simplified wall bracing and what to provide the building official
This webinar was broadcast live on August 21, 2014. A recording of the program is now available to view. Note that at this time, AIBD continuing education credits are not offered for viewing pre-recorded programs.
Due to the many complex options in the wall bracing section of the code, the IRC has created a “simplified method” for wall bracing. This webinar will focus on the IRC’s simplified method, as well as an alternate simplified method developed by APA. The new APA Wall Bracing Calculator, an online tool for showing IRC bracing compliance that provides a compliance report to builders and building officials, will also be demonstrated.

Wall Bracing IV: Seismic-related provisions and tips to meeting them
September 18, 2014, 3 PM–4 PM EDT
Many of the bracing provisions in the IRC are intended for regions in higher seismic zones (above seismic category C). This webinar will focus on the options for meeting bracing requirements in higher seismic zones, including the “irregularity” rules in chapter 3 of the IRC.

Wall Bracing V: Building wood framed structures for high wind resistance
October 16, 2014, 3 PM–4 PM EDT
Prescriptive wall bracing is limited to homes in regions with wind speeds less than 110 mph. This webinar will provide a top to bottom overview of wind-resistant construction methods for wood frame structures located in higher wind zones. Topics of discussion include lessons learned from natural disasters, structural load-path continuity, and recent evolution in shear wall and uplift-resistant design.

Design Low-Rise Structures and K-12 with Wood

Design Low-Rise Structures and K-12 with Wood

This previously-recorded webinar is available for on-demand viewing.

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For more information, visit the low-rise construction page or the schools page.

WoodWorks Webinars

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider; eligible attendees will qualify for 1 HSW per webinar. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for 1 PDH credit per webinar. Professional development certificates will be sent via email after each event. Visit WoodWorks.org for additional information.

WoodWorks Webinar Series: Timber Bridge Tuesdays

WoodWorks presents a six-webinar series covering various topics related to timber bridge technology on Tuesdays from September 9 to October 14. Webinars begin at 11 AM Eastern time, there is no cost to attend, and participants may earn 1 CEU for each webinar through AIA.

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