Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

Timber Processing and Energy Expo

September 28–30—Portland, Oregon
An event for those in the lumber, plywood, engineered wood products and wood-to-energy industries.


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.


International Conference on Process Technologies for the Forest & Biobased Products Industries

October 24–26—St. Simons, Georgia

A forum dedicated to the exchange of knowledge and research on process technologies, quality control and process improvement for forest and bio-based products manufacturing. Contemporary topics on real-time predictive modeling of processes, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six-sigma, and advanced data mining will be presented. It provides excellent networking between scientists and industry including researchers, operations managers, technical and business managers. Jointly organized by the Timber Construction Department—Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and the Forest Products Society.


NAWLA Traders Market 2016

October 26-28—Las Vegas, Nevada
Connect with more than 1,500 lumber supply chain professionals at the 2016 NAWLA Traders Market.


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.

Courses & Institutes

University of Minnesota Annual Institute for Building Officials

January 4 through 19, 2017—University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
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.

Meetings

APA Annual Meeting

November 5–7, 2016—Bonita Springs, Florida

Seminars

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices (WoodWorks)

September 20—Columbus, Ohio
September 21—Cleveland, Ohio
September 22—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Great solutions often lie beyond convention. Consider that most offices in the U.S. could be built with a wood structure yet this option goes largely unexplored. Many designers assume they’re limited to concrete and steel for workplace environments—because that’s the common default—but, in fact, wood construction can accommodate the space and performance needs of office occupancies, while providing advantages such as speed, cost savings, and reduced environmental impact. Focusing on common design considerations (e.g., layout flexibility, land-use constraints, and market classification) this presentation will examine the potential for light-frame and heavy timber structural solutions. Topics will include building code opportunities related to fire and life safety, structural design and layout, and cost.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Schematic Health Care Building Charrette: Re-Thinking Assumptions and Challenging Traditions (WoodWorks)

October 4—Washington, DC
October 5—Baltimore, Maryland
When starting a new building planning and design process, engineers and architects often make assumptions and immediate decisions about what materials and layouts will be used. However, these immediate decisions are often based on previous project experience, comfort level with certain materials, and current understanding of code provisions. This session will provide an interactive method of discussing and challenging traditional construction materials and techniques used for health care buildings while focusing on what designers may be taking for granted or assuming to be true. The audience will interactively discuss schematic decision making processes associated with health care buildings but the principles also apply to a variety of building and occupancy types. Design assumptions and deciding factors for items such as construction types and materials, fire and acoustical performance, and cost will be reviewed.

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.


Johnson County Contractor Licensing 2016 Fall Education Seminar

September 24 through 28—Overland Park, Kansas
Johnson County Contractor Licensing administers a uniform licensing program for 17 jurisdictions and produces quality construction related continuing education seminars for licensed contractors, trade practitioners, and building inspection professionals. This program is a one week seminar dedicated to providing quality continuing education credits.


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

October 25—Chicago, Illinois
October 27—Schaumburg, Illinois
October 28—Naperville, Illinois
Intended for structural engineers or architects with a basic understanding of engineering principles, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at wood-frame shear wall designs commonly used for non-residential and multi-family low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. Topics will also include: a brief discussion on diaphragm irregularities and the detailing required to maintain continuous load paths across areas of discontinuity; a review of the new 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements for wood frame shear walls; a new method of analysis for a shear wall with Force Transfer Around an Opening; and available methods to analyze tall shear walls in mid-rise structures and determine their effect on the horizontal distribution of shears through the diaphragm and shear walls..

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Seminar: Structural Design for Wind Loads—An Overview of Engineering Considerations for Wood Buildings (WoodWorks)

December 6—Plano, Texas
December 7—Austin, Texas
December 8—San Antonio, Texas
December 9—Houston, Texas
This course is intended for structural engineers and building designers seeking an overview 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 2012 International Building Code (IBC) 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. Topics covered in detail include:

  • 2012 IBC and AWC-referenced standards applicable to wood-frame wind-resisting systems
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 can expect a top-to-bottom discussion of all aspects of wood-frame wind-resisting systems.

WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Webinars

Webinar: Fire Retardant-Treated Wood—The Basics (WoodWorks)

November 9—1 pm Eastern
For some applications—such as exterior walls in Type III Construction—building codes allow the use of wood providing it is fire retardant-treated (FRT). This presentation offers an overview of FRT wood in the United States, including specific references under the International Building Code, available products and examples of typical use. This session will explore how treatments are impregnated into the wood, how some FR Treatments offer preservative protection and the testing required to confirm fire retardant capabilities. Topics will also include understanding the labels on FRT wood products for interior and exterior uses, and occupant safety.

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


Webinar: The First Cross-Laminated Timber School in the US—A Builder’s Perspective (WoodWorks)

December 14—1 pm Eastern
The Pendleton County School District in West Virginia is the first in the United States to build a new school in cross-laminated timber (CLT). With panels for the 40,000-square-foot facility installed in less than three months by a crew of five carpenters and a crane operator, CLT represents a new world of opportunity for the growing district. In this presentation, the CLT erector for the project will discuss the advantages and challenges of using this new material in the context of structure, building envelope and exposed wood aesthetic. He’ll also share insights into the planning process, equipment and labor, and how CLT construction differs from typical methods.

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