Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

Ottawa Wood Conference

February 24, 2016—Ottawa, Ontario
A one-day conference about wood design and construction where you can earn up to six continuing education credits. The program offers many topics to choose from including: timber connections, building envelopes, structural design of mid-rise buildings, acoustic considerations for mid-rise buildings, common mid-rise structural design challenges and solutions, fire safety considerations, WoodWorks software, wood design tools, and more.


RESNET® 2016 Conference

February 29–March 2, 2016—Scottsdale, Arizona
The premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy.


AIBD Spring Conference and Trade Show

March 4–5, 2016—North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
A conference and workshop for residential design and design/build professionals. Features educational sessions, presentations, keynote address by Houzz.com, trade show, and more.


Mass Timber Conference

March 22–24, 2016—Portland, Oregon
A lineup of expert speakers from around the world will address how we can advance cross-laminated timber and the mass timber industry in North America, and how we can increase the use of wood in low- to mid-rise and tall buildings.


2016 Midwest Wood Solutions Fair

March 23—Minneapolis, Minnesota
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


IWPA World of Wood Convention

April 5–8, 2016—Austin, Texas
The IWPA Annual Convention provides access to over 300 importers, U.S. manufacturers, exporters, wholesalers, offshore suppliers and service providers of wood products from nearly 30 countries. As an attendee, you will experience informative educational sessions, fun activities and networking events. The convention is intended to generate new business ideas, provide important market intelligence and include opportunities to network with colleagues from around the globe.


Panel & Engineered Lumber International Conference & Expo

April 7–8, 2016—Atlanta, Georgia
This event is focused on veneer, plywood, OSB, and other structural and non-structural engineered wood products.


2016 Northwest Wood Solutions Fair

April 26—Portland, Oregon
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


AIA Convention 2016

May 19–21, 2016—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
AIA's yearly convention features a wide range of educational opportunites, seminars, keynote address from Neri Oxman, over 800 exhibitors, and more.


2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering (WCTE)

August 22–26, 2016—Vienna, Austria
WCTE is the world's premier forum for presenting and discussing the latest technical and architectural developments and innovations in wood or timber construction. WCTE is the most prestigious international event in timber engineering, engineered wood products and design of timber structures, which is held biannually in different parts of the world and attracts researchers, engineers and architects, code consultants and building officials, contractors and project managers, fabricators and suppliers from all continents.


2016 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

September 14—Houston, Texas
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2016 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

October 13—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2016 Central Florida Wood Solutions Fair

November 2—Orlando, Florida
Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings. Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting

November 5–7, 2016—Bonita Springs, Florida

Seminars

Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings (WoodWorks)

February 10—San Antonio, Texas
February 11—Sacramento, California
February 24—Houston, Texas
February 25—Addison, Texas
March 8—Washington, DC
March 9—Baltimore, Maryland
March 10—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

9:00 am, check-in; 9:30, program begins; 12:45, program concludes.

This course is intended for designers who want to learn more about the use of wood-frame construction for low-rise retail, office and restaurant occupancies designed under the International Building Code. Topics covered include common framing systems and details, paths to code compliance and tall wall design.

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.


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

February 10—Tampa, Florida
March 1—Jacksonville, Florida
March 2—Orlando, Florida
March 16—Portland, Maine

7:30 am, check-in; 8:00, program begins; 1:45, program concludes

This highly technical presentation will provide an in-depth look at shear wall and diaphragm designs for low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. This presentation is intended for structural engineers.

Attendees will qualify for 4 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.


Mid-Rise Design: Opportunity and Implementation

February 10—Nashville, Tennessee

9:00 am, check-in; 9:30 am, program begins; 12:45 pm, prgoram concludes.

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.


The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges (WoodWorks)

February 23—Denver, Colorado

9:00 am, check-in; 9:30, program begins; 12:45, program concludes

Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Now available to North American building designers, it offers the structural simplicity needed for cost-effective projects, as well as benefits such as fast installation, reduced waste, improved thermal performance and design versatility. This presentation will introduce CLT through a series of project examples while considering some of the more challenging aspects of CLT building design—such as fire and life safety, lateral and seismic design, acoustic performance and building envelope. Topics will also include the manufacturing and specification of CLT, building code considerations and available resources such as the US CLT Handbook.

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.


How to: Intermediate Level Course on Type III and Type V Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Design (WoodWorks)

February 24—Seattle, Washington
February 25—Portland, Oregon

7:30 am, check-in; 8:15 am, program begins; 2:15, program concludes

This course is intended for structural engineers and architects who are familiar with the design of low-rise wood buildings up to three stories, or taller buildings constructed of other materials, but are seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with 4-6 story, Type III and Type V wood structures. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis will be covered. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to fire and life safety will also be reviewed at length, including floor-to-wall details, shaft walls, fire walls, and the intersection of two rated assemblies. Developed in response to a growing interest in mid-rise Type III and Type V projects, this course goes beyond code provisions and focuses on the “how-to” associated with the design of these wood-frame buildings.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for four 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.


Moisture Management and Building Enclosure Detailing: Concepts for Durable Wood Assemblies (WoodWorks)

March 7—San Diego, California
March 8—Long Beach, California
March 9—Sacramento, California
March 10—Berkeley, California

7:45 am, check-in; 8:15, program begins; 2:15, program concludes

Led by experts in wood science and building enclosures, this seminar focuses on the effects of moisture on wood as a building material, as well as design considerations and best practices associated with detailing for durable wood structures. Beginning with a review of relevant wood science, the first half focuses on how wood is affected by moisture, how moisture travels through wood, and wood’s relationship with humidity and liquid water. The second half focuses on wood-frame assemblies for walls, low-slope roofs, and balconies. Details and case studies will be used to illustrate detailing best practices for these locations to provide moisture protection while allowing evaporation, with the goal of achieving maximum durability. Topics will include a California-focused approach to ventilation, placement of control layers, dew point location, lessons learned from past balcony issues, and compliance with new balcony requirements.

Attendees will qualify for 4 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.


Mid-Rise Design & the Long and Short of Wood Roof Systems

March 15—Columbus, Ohio
March 16—Woodmere, Ohio
March 17—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania

9:00 am, check-in; 9:30, program begins; 12:45, program concludes.

Mid-Rise Design: Optimizing Size, Maximizing Value
As cities seek increased density as a way to address urban population growth, many building designers and developers are looking to mid-rise wood construction as a cost-effective, code-compliant and sustainable solution. This presentation will cover some of the design considerations associated with mid-rise wood-frame buildings, including how to maximize height and area through the use of sprinklers, open frontage, sloping sites, podiums and mezzanines. Construction types will be reviewed, with an emphasis on opportunities for wood use in types III and V.

The Long & Short of Wood Roof Systems
This course is an overview of the many roof systems commonly used in buildings in the United States for a variety of span lengths. Discussions will include possible wood structural framing systems and geometries, how these components can be combined to create efficient and versatile roof framing systems and International Building Code provisions that allow the use of wood systems in many roof applications including non-combustible Type I and Type II construction. Concepts will be reinforced through the presentation of real example projects with details on the framing system used to achieve the project goals.

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.


Practical and Inspirational: Exposing the Potential of Heavy Timber Construction

March 22—Cromwell, Connecticut
March 23—Providence, Rhode Island
March 24—Waltham, Massachusetts

9:00 am, check-in; 9:30, program begins; 12:45, program concludes.

Offering a mix of both the practical and inspirational, this presentation focuses on the use of heavy timber in applications such as offices and schools, as well as civic, industrial, mid-rise/multi-residential and other building types. Included will be a review of non-structural provisions in the International Building Code and a discussion of structural component and connection methods available. Example projects ranging from typical to unique will be used to illustrate the range of modern timber design solutions available and their ability to provide unlimited aesthetic opportunities for almost any building type.

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.

Symposiums and Courses

Course: Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction (Virginia Tech)

May 16–18, 2016—Roanoke, Virginia

The primary audiences for this course are registered design professionals, structural engineers, wood truss engineers, wood truss designers, truss manufacturers, post-frame designers, EWP designers, building code plan reviewers and inspectors, and general contractors that want to expand their general knowledge of wood as a building material and their knowledge of building design beyond the introductory level. Manufacturers and suppliers of building products used in the construction of wood-frame buildings may also benefit by the discussion of lumber design values, impact of in-service moisture content changes, and wood building.

Webinars

The Application of Traditional and Modern Heavy Timber Connections (WoodWorks)

February 10, 2016—1:00 pm Eastern

The selection of heavy timber connections can be challenging, even for designers experienced with these types of building projects. This presentation will provide a thorough discussion of traditional and modern heavy timber connectors and connections, including their design and application. Topics will include some of the connection types and methods used to repair or reinforce existing heavy timber members, such as wooden pegs, wooden wedges, and fully-threaded screws. Discussion will also include a review of European connectors and their selection for specific design applications including cross laminated timber.

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


Design of Bolted Connections (AWC)

February 11—1:55 pm Eastern

This course will feature a bolt design example utilizing AWC's 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction. Topics will include connection design philosophy and behavior, an overview of 2015 NDS provisions related to bolt design including Appendix E for local stresses in fastener groups, and a detailed design example.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Understand application of the six yield limit equations for dowel-type connection design
  2. Know when to utilize applicable adjustment factors for common bolted connections
  3. Apply spacing, end, and edge distance requirements for wood-to-wood bolted connections
  4. Be able to determine local stresses in fastener groups

Forests & Forest Products (WoodWorks)

March 9—1:00 pm Eastern

This presentation will answer many questions about forests and forest products, such as: Where do our trees and forests grow? How have forests changed over time? What is the relationship between people and forests – now and in the past? How are forests managed – and are they being managed responsibly? Are our forests and forest products sustainable? Why is wood an environmentally-friendly choice?

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


Frame for Success: How to Avoid Callbacks (SKGA)

March 9—9:00 am Pacific

This session will examine the most common wood framing and sheathing errors found in construction today and provide practical solutions for avoiding them. Topics of discussion will include: buckled sheathing, squeaky floors, checked beams, oversized holes, and connection dos and don’ts. Findings and discussion will be based on hundreds of job site inspections performed by APA – The Engineered Wood Association. Geared for structural engineers, this session will provide attendees with the tools to avoid these costly mistakes and ways to correct them.

Participants may earn 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 2.0 professional development hours (PDHs).


Advanced Wood Framing and Energy-Efficient Construction (SKGA)

March 23—9:00 am Pacific

As energy codes become more strict, builders and designers are seeking options for energy-efficient construction that maintain strength, durability, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness. Advanced framing is a system of construction framing techniques designed to optimize material usage and increase energy efficiency. The primary purpose for most advanced framing techniques is to eliminate unnecessary framing members, reducing construction costs, while simultaneously minimizing thermal bridging and increasing insulation volume in the thermal envelope of the building. This presentation explores the role of structural engineers in the quest for advanced framing, discusses the related Energy Code requirements, and discusses new technologies that will help structural engineers serve an active role.

Participants may earn 0.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or 2.0 professional development hours (PDHs).