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.


Under 40 Leadership Summit—Building Design + Construction

October 14–16, 2015
Hilton Chicago/Magnificent Mile Suites, Chicago, IL

The conference focuses on providing young professionals with practical advice, hard-learned lessons, and helpful tools for making the next leap in their career. The program includes three high-energy, interactive workshops facilitated by senior-level AEC professionals (including past BD+C 40 Under 40 winners): From Technician to Rainmaker: How to Make the Leap in Your Career, Develop the Mindset of an AEC Firm Owner and Leader, and Secrets of AEC Career Advancement. 11 AIA/CES learning units are available for attendees.


NAWLA Traders Market 2015

November 4–6, 2015—Dallas, Texas
Traders Market is a materials tradeshow focused almost exclusively on the supply chain. Unlike other shows, the exhibitors are mainly manufacturers of lumber and lumber-related products rather than machinery and equipment.


International Fiber/Wood-Based Panels Conference 2015

November 11–12, 2015—Chicago, Illinois
The first conference specifically dedicated to addressing the ‘fiber/wood-based panels’ industry, this conference offers an industry-driven opportunity for business leaders and professionals to meet, discuss and focus on management and business aspects across a changing industry.


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.


2016 World Conference on Timber Engineering

August 22–26, 2016
Vienna, Austria

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting and EWTA Info Fair

October 17–20, 2015—Coeur d'Alene Golf & Spa Resort
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Seminars

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

September 1, 2015—Houston, TX
September 1, 2015—Santa Rosa, CA
September 29, 2015—San Antonio, TX
November 3—San Jose, CA
November 3—Waltham, MA
November 11—Cromwell, CT
November 12—Fort Worth, TX
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.


Mid-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series: Advanced Diaphragm Analysis (WoodWorks)

September 8, 2015—Washington, DC
September 9, 2015—Baltimore, MD
September 10, 2015—Philadelphia, PA

Check-in 9:00, starts 9:30, concludes 2:00.

The structural configurations of many modern buildings require complex lateral load paths that incorporate diaphragms at different elevations, multiple re-entrant corners, multiple irregularities and fewer vertical lateral force-resisting elements. It is important to address these design issues and irregularities to ensure complete load paths throughout the structure. This workshop provides discussions on how to analyze offset diaphragms, in-plane and out-of-plane offset shear walls, and diaphragms with large openings. Code sections and irregularities associated with these types of lateral-resisting elements will also be discussed.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 3 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.


Wood Design Seminars, Summer Lunch Series: Introduction to Wood and Design Trends (WoodWorks)

September 15—Dallas, TX

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

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.

Introduction to Wood

This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Wood science including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties will be discussed. Wood species and grades will be covered along with an overview of their structural properties and durability. Structural wood design for vertical (gravity) loads including bending, shear, deflection, vibration, tension, compression, and connections will be introduced. Common wood-framed lateral force-resisting systems will be discussed as will the components included in wood shear walls. Architectural considerations associated with wood framing will be examined, including fire protection and sprinklers, construction types, acoustics, and building envelopes. Design and detailing best practices for wood-frame buildings will be explained in an effort to highlight the items that play an important role in the construction process and ultimate building performance.

Design Trends: Exceeding Cost and Performance Objectives with Wood-Frame Schools

Through a series of case studies, this presentation will demonstrate how schools districts across the US have shown leadership in their choice of structural material and imagination in their building designs to achieve both performance and cost objectives. The choice of materials can have a considerable impact on a school’s construction costs, energy efficiency, acoustic performance, aesthetic appeal and occupant environment- which can in turn dramatically influence the success of students. This highly pictorial presentation will showcase the range of design possibilities and benefits associated with wood frame schools.


Mid-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series—Designing Wood-Frame Structures for High Wind (WoodWorks)

October 6—Washington, DC
October 7—Baltimore, MD
October 8—Philadelphia, PA

Wood framing is conducive to meeting the challenges of wind-resistive design. Among its characteristics, wood can carry substantially greater maximum loads for short durations of time as is the case in high-wind events. Wood buildings also tend to include multiple and often redundant load paths for resistance to wind forces. This presentation will cover the design of a building’s wind-resisting system, including wind load calculations, diaphragms, shear walls and collectors. Load path continuity will be discussed, as will unique design considerations for designing wood-frame structures to resist uplift, in-plane, and out-of-plane wind loads. Design examples will be presented to illustrate relevant design procedures and detailing best practices.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 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.


Structural Design for High Winds: Engineering Course for Non-Residential and Multi-Family Wood Buildings (WoodWorks)

October 6—Jacksonville, FL
October 7—Orlando, FL
October 8—Tampa, FL

On-site check-in begins at 7:00 am; workshop begins at 7:45 am and concludes at 3:30 pm.

This course is intended for structural engineers and building designers seeking a full system understanding of design steps, considerations and detailing best practices related to the wind-resistive design and analysis of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. Developed in response to the fact that engineering curricula does not typically include a wood design course, it provides an overview of relevant 2014 Florida Building Code (FBC) provisions and American Wood Council (AWC) referenced standards, a discussion of common design errors, and guidance related to load path continuity, shear walls, diaphragms, and uplift restraint.

Attendees can expect a top-to-bottom discussion of all aspects of wood-frame wind-resisting systems. Topics to be covered include:

  • Lateral load path continuity and detailing
  • 2014 FBC and AWC referenced standards applicable to wood-frame wind-resisting systems
  • Design and stiffness assumptions for rigid, semi-rigid and flexible diaphragms
  • Diaphragm deflection and design of components such as chords and collectors
  • Shear wall design methods, including segmented, perforated and force transfer around openings
  • Design of shear wall components, including holdowns and drag struts
  • Prescriptive wood-based lateral framing options
  • Uplift-resistant design solutions, including combined shear and uplift
  • Out-of-plane wall design for wind loads, including tall walls, gable end walls, and tall walls with large openings, as well as deflection criteria for a variety of wall finishes
  • Multi-story wood-frame design example for high winds, including accommodation of accumulated forces and deflections as well as design and detailing for wood’s interface with concrete podiums and foundations

Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. CEUs are FBPE board-approved. 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 Lunch Seminar Series—Introduction to Wood (WoodWorks)

October 13—Raleigh, NC
October 13—Houston, TX
November 4—Atlanta, GA

On-site check-in begins at 9:00 am; program begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 12:45 pm.

This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Structural wood design for vertical (gravity) loads including bending, shear, deflection, vibration, tension, compression, and connections will be introduced. Common wood-framed lateral force-resisting systems will be discussed as will the components included in wood shear walls. Design and detailing best practices for wood-frame buildings will be explained in an effort to highlight the items that play an important role in the construction process and ultimate building performance.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 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.


Practical and Inspirational: Exposing the Potential of Heavy Timber Construction (WoodWorks)

October 27—San Francisco, CA
November 12—Portland, OR

On-site check-in begins at 9:00 am; program begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 12:45 pm.

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 2 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-Atlantic Lunch Seminar Series: Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

November 10—Washington, DC
November 11—Baltimore, MD
November 12—Philadelphia, PA

On-site check in: 9:00 am; workshop begins at 9:30 am and concludes at 12:45.

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at shear wall and diaphragm design for mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. Intended for structural engineers, topics will include issues associated with irregular layouts, detailing for complete lateral load paths, lateral load distribution within a shear wall line, shear wall types, and the effects of tall shear walls. Information aligns with ASCE 7-10 and the American Wood Council’s 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees will qualify for 2 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.


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.

Symposiums and Courses

Course: Intro to Wood Science and Forest Products (AWC/FPS)

September 28–30, 2015—Mississippi State University, Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, Starkeville, MS

The overall purpose of this course is to provide those working in the forest products industry with a basic knowledge of wood properties, processing and production. Participants will benefit from the course by gaining fundamental knowledge about wood and wood behavior, along with an understanding of how the production of products is influenced by the materials utilized from the forest.


Course: Introduction to Structural Design Of Wood Buildings per the 2015 NDS (AWC)

September 30 through October 2, 2015
Blacksburg, Virginia (Virginia Tech)

Course objectives include mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2015 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (ANSI/AWC NDS-2015). All design calculations will be based on a strict interpretation of the ANSI/AWC NDS-2015. In addition to presenting designs that are consistent with model code provisions, the instructors will discuss “good practice” when it may apply to worked examples. Three hours will be devoted to structural testing demonstrations and related discussion at the Brooks Forest Products Research Center.

Issued by Virginia Tech, participants will receive a certificate for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.


Wood-Frame Construction for Mid-Rise Buildings Symposium and Handbook Launch (FPInnovations / Ontario Wood Works!)

October 14, 2015—Vaughan, Ontario

The symposium presentations will reflect the chapters of the new Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Construction Handbook, based on the National Building Code of Canada. The topics that will be presented are fire, structural analysis, floor vibration, building movement, sound insulation, building enclosure, wood elevator shafts, and prefabrication. The day will conclude with case studies of mid-rise buildings from BC and a discussion of mid-rise in Ontario.

Webinars

Getting to Yes: Code Alternate Materials and Means and Permit Streamlining (WoodWorks)

September 16—10 am PDT

This session will cover principles and strategy for effective navigation of the building permit process when materials or designs don’t comfortably fit with conventional code application, as well as the use of permit streamlining for more effective and efficient processing. Alternate Materials and Means Requests (AMMR) can be used for various reasons including: use of innovative products and systems, new design concepts, complex geometries, code conundrums, political problem solving and the resolution of interpretation differences. Successful project examples will be used to demonstrate how to approach the AMMR process and demystify the concept of an alternate design. In addition, the landscape of permit streamlining concepts will be outlined, with a focus on streamlining approaches that can engage design professionals on the ‘public’ side of the counter in a project’s ultimate success.

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


Meeting Residential Energy Requirements with Wood-Frame Construction (AWC)

September 24—1:55 pm Eastern

As compliance with new energy codes becomes more challenging, designers, builders and code officials are looking to understand the new requirements and for flexibility in design. This presentation will focus on how to meet the energy requirements of the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) and prescriptive options of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Included will be a discussion on the flexibility offered in the codes and what design aids are available to make compliance easier, including DCA 7 – Meeting Residential Energy Requirements with Wood-Frame Construction – 2012 IECC Version and a related Energy UA calculator.

Upon completion of this presentation, participants will understand the three prescriptive energy paths in the IRC and IECC. Particiapnts will also gain familiarity with: R-values and U-factors for assemblies and how to calculate them, the allowable trade-offs in the IRC and IECC, and available design aids offered by AWC.


Structural Condition Assessment of In-Service Wood (AWC)

October 15—1:55 PM Eastern

This webinar will present state-of-the-art assessment methods for wood and timber structures. Results from several interesting projects will be presented—including those from the inspection of USS Constitution (Old Ironsides).

Learning objectives include:

  1. To provide attendees background information on the unique characteristics of wood as a structural material
  2. To provide background information on assessment methods for in-service wood, including state-of-the-art nondestructive evaluation methods and equipment
  3. To present examples of evaluations from a variety of structures
  4. To provide state-of-the-art sources for information on assessment of in-service wood

International Building Code (IBC) Essentials for Wood Construction Based on the 2015 IBC (AWC)

October 29, 2015—1:55pm Eastern

Based on the popular Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), a joint publication of the American Wood Council (AWC) and the International Code Council (ICC), this presentation concisely summarizes the 2015 IBC for commercial and multi-family residential construction. It will explain the determination of maximum building size for eight common use groups using the new height and area tables of the 2015 IBC and pre-calculated tables provided in the CCWD. It will also address establishing fire resistance for wood assemblies and heavy timber; special provisions for pedestal buildings; criteria for finishes, appendages, and other wood features; the scoping of referenced wood design standards; an overview of structural provisions in Chapter 23; and requirements for precautions during construction.

Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

  1. Apply 2015 IBC provisions for building size limits when wood is used as the primary structural element for buildings within its scope.
  2. Identify IBC methods for establishing fire resistance of wood assemblies and elements.
  3. Identify IBC requirements for fire precautions during construction.
  4. Apply IBC provisions for the use of wood in finishes and trim; in building appendages such as balconies; in noncombustible construction types; and in other building features.
  5. Locate the fundamental IBC structural provisions for wood design and identify the IBC-referenced wood design standards.

Design of Connections for Wood Members Using the NDS and TR12 (AWC)

November 12, 2015—1:55pm Eastern

This course will feature techniques for designing connections for wood members utilizing AWC's 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and Technical Report 12 - General Dowel Equations for Calculating Lateral Connection Values (TR12). Topics will include connection design philosophy and behavior, an overview of common fastener types, changes in the 2015 NDS related to cross-laminated timber, and design examples per TR12.

Upon completion, participants will:

  1. Be familiar with current wood member connection solutions and applicable design requirements.
  2. Be familiar with Technical Report 12 and provisions for connection design beyond NDS requirements.
  3. Be able to recommend fastening guidelines for wood to steel, wood to concrete, and wood to wood connections.
  4. Be able to describe effects of moisture on wood member connections and implement proper detailing to mitigate issues that may occur.