Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

Wood Solutions Fair

Wood Solutions Fairs are multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

International Builders' Show® (IBS)

January 19–21, 2016—Las Vegas, Nevada
The NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, every year attracting 50,000 visitors from more than 100 countries. Exhibits, education, networking, 2016 NAHB Show Home, and much more.

RESNET® 2016 Conference

February 29 – March 2, 2016—Scottsdale, AZ

The premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy.

2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering

August 22–26, 2016
Vienna, Austria


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Understanding Moisture Performance of Wood: Introduction to Durable Design and Construction (WoodWorks)

December 1—Plano, TX
December 2—San Antonio, TX
December 3—Austin, TX
December 4—Houston, TX

On-site check-in begins at 9:00 am; program begins at 9:30 and concludes at 2:00.

Wood buildings that offer decades or more of service life are common in many parts of the country that face challenges of high humidity, termites, and decay conditions similar to those in Florida. Expand your design options by improving your understanding of wood’s relationship to moisture. Led by a wood expert, this seminar discusses wood’s response to relative humidity and liquid water, providing means to address decay and insect concerns, and reduce the potential for in-service shrinkage and swelling. Learn how to apply appropriate design considerations and develop your specifications to achieve high-performing, long-lasting wood buildings.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Wood Design Seminars, Lunch Series: Mid-Rise Design—Opportunity and Implementation (WoodWorks)

December 3—Providence, RI

Check in at 9:00, begins at 9:30, concludes at 12:45.

As increases in urban density become necessary to address growing populations, many building designers and developers are leveraging wood’s ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the challenge of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant and sustainable communities. Yet many familiar with the design of two- to four-story wood structures are not aware that the International Building Code allows five stories and more of wood-frame construction for residential uses such as student, senior and affordable housing, and for business, mercantile and military occupancies. Through an overview of design, detailing, and construction considerations, this presentation is intended to give architects and engineers the confidence to break into this growing market segment. Heights and areas will be discussed, including allowable increases, as will fire-resistive design, detailing for performance, shrinkage, structural framing, acoustics, and fire-rated assemblies.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for two HSW credits. Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Symposiums and Courses

60th Annual Institute for Building Officials (AWC)

January 6–21, 2016—St. Paul, Minnesota

The Annual Institute for Building Officials provides a continuing education opportunity for code officials and inspectors from the building, electrical, fire, housing, mechanical, elevator, and plumbing fields as well as permit technicians. Institute sessions offer opportunities to learn about:

  • Minnesota code rules and amendments to the code
  • Useful approaches and best practices for inspection and code administration
  • Innovative products in the marketplace
  • Professional development skill enhancement

Attendees will receive a University of Minnesota Continuing Education Unit (CEU) certificate for their attendance at the Institute. One (1.0) University of Minnesota CEU is defined as ten hours of participation.


Offset Shear Wall Design (WoodWorks)

December 16, 2015—1:00pm Eastern

The complexities of modern day architectural design often necessitate irregular structural layouts with multiple offset roof and floor diaphragms, and walls. Although codes and standards recognize and address these situations, limited commentary and/or examples have been provided that clearly show how these irregularities can be handled. This session will help designers better understand how to analyze offset walls, as well as their implications to the structural design. A continuation of the WoodWorks Offset Diaphragms Design webinar, it focuses on how to conduct a preliminary breakdown of a complex diaphragm to better understand the distribution of forces and assure that complete load paths are being established. Examples will be provided illustrating how to analyze in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls that offset diaphragms typically create.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider. Certificates will be emailed to participants.

Code Apps for Nail-laminated Timber, Glued-laminated Timber & Cross-laminated Timber (AWC)

December 17, 2015—1:55pm Eastern

This presentation will focus on Nail-laminated Timber (NLT), Glued-laminated Timber (GLT) and Cross-laminated Timber (CLT) structural framing members. NLT and GLT has been adopted in the IBC and utilized throughout the world for several decades on a wide variety of buildings. Often selected for aesthetic reasons or its unparalleled design flexibility, both offer superior structural performance combined with long term durability. CLT has been recently incorporated in AWC's National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction 2015 as well as ICC’s 2015 International Building Code (IBC). It has been used for over a decade in other parts of the world such as Europe and Australia and has recently made its way into North America. Similar to NLT and GLT, in addition to its structural capabilities, CLT is specified for aesthetic appeal, structural simplicity and speed of construction. Additionally, all three products offer sustainable qualities as they are manufactured from a renewable resource and store carbon. Structural and fire protection characteristics of NLT, GLT and CLT will be discussed as well as IBC code provisions that allow their specification in both residential and commercial applications for a wide variety of occupancies.

Upon completion, participants will:

  1. Be able to identify code acceptance of nail-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.
  2. Become familiar with a number of technology advances and standards related to nail-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and cross-laminated timber.
  3. Improve design knowledge on building systems made with new types of mass timber products.
  4. Become acquainted with the unique fire resistive characteristics of nail-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and cross-laminated timber as it influences the use of wood in building construction.
  5. Understand the application of NDS Chapter 16 which can be utilized to design up to 2-hours of fire-resistance for exposed wood members.

Building as Teacher: Designing with Nature (WoodWorks)

January 13, 2016—1:00pm Eastern

Built and opened to students in 2012, Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus is an innovative model for place-based environmental education. From campus and building design and construction to curriculum design, topics will include concepts that helped the campus achieve “net zero” targets, biophilic wood-based design inspirations, student experiences monitoring the buildings’ energy performance, living in and caring for the space, and the ripple effects of student experiences during the first two years of operation.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES LU (HSW) or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider. Certificates will be emailed to participants.