Upcoming Events

APA Webinars

Fire Protective Assemblies for Residential Floors

June 10, 8:00 am PDT
This free APA webinar will focus on newly developed assemblies for meeting the fire protective membrane requirements of the International Residential Code, specifically as they relate to I-joist floor systems.

The webinar will review the options in the IRC, including drop-in gypsum board (supported on top of bottom flanges), partial sprinkler systems, and fire protective coatings. For more information and to register visit Fire Protective Assemblies for Residential Floors.

Conferences and Tradeshows

70th Forest Products Society International Convention (FPS IC)

June 27–29—Portland, Oregon

As the premier event for professionals in the forest products industry, FPS IC brings together hundreds of scientists, design professionals, managers, decision makers, and others from academia, government, nonprofit, and private industry sectors to discuss the state of forest products research and learn about innovations in the field.


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.


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.


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)

May 26—Tampa, Florida
June 14—Columbus, Ohio
June 15—Cleveland, Ohio
June 16—Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
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.


The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges (WoodWorks)

May 26—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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 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.


Modern School Construction: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood (WoodWorks)

June 14—Dallas, Texas
June 15—Austin, Texas
June 16—San Antonio, Texas
June 17—Houston, Texas
This course is intended for structural engineers and architects seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame school construction, as well as a demonstration of the benefits realized through the use of wood in school facilities. Architectural design and detailing topics relevant to school construction will be discussed, including durability, fire and life safety, and allowable school sizes, configurations and construction types. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to both gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will be covered, as will options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. Following this discussion, a former school district Director of Construction and Planning will provide real-world examples of cost and schedule savings. High-energy performance and associated cost benefits will be reviewed in the context of wood’s thermal performance and use in optimal building envelope systems. Developed in response to the frequent need for budget reduction measures in school construction, this course will present designers with the information necessary to confidently utilize wood framing as a cost-saving measure in school projects.

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.


Mid-Rise Shear Walls and Diaphragms (WoodWorks)

June 28—Sacramento, California
June 29—Berkeley, California
June 30—Long Beach, California
Intended for structural engineers or architects who would like a deeper understanding of advanced shear wall and diaphragm 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. Eligible attendees will qualify for 4 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)

June 30—Austin, Texas
July 12—The Woodlands, Texas
July 14—San Antonio, Texas
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.


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

August 16—Schaumburg, Illinois
August 17—Oak Brook, Illinois
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 ventilation, placement of control layers, dew point location, and lessons learned from past balcony issues.

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.

Symposiums and Courses

Introduction to Wood Science & Forest Products (FPS)

September 26–28—Starksville, Mississippi

An informative three-day course with empowering knowledge on the basics of wood and wood-based products. Understand environmental advantages of wood, product properties and more. New employees in wood products manufacturing, suppliers and consultants who support wood products companies encouraged to attend.

Webinars

EPDs and HPDs Opportunities within LEED v4 and Green Globes (WoodWorks)

June 8—1 pm Eastern

User-friendly product transparency and life cycle assessment tools facilitate exploration of design alternatives and lead to environmentally better buildings, while freeing design and engineering teams from adherence to long lists of prescriptive provisions. Two of these tools, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), are being used to improve environmental impacts and occupant environment. This presentation will provide an overview of these tools, including what goes into their development, what they reveal, and how to use them effectively. Opportunities for applying EPDs, HPDs and LCA provisions within LEED v. 4, Green Globes and other green building standards will also be explored.

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


Webinar: Heights & Areas—Using Software to Ease Building Code Analysis (WoodWorks)

July 13—1 pm Eastern
This session will focus on the Check Height and Area software that reviews and analyzes building height and area compliance with the 2012 International Building Code (IBC), for buildings up to six stories, with up to four occupancy groups at each level. This user-friendly application is created for design professionals and building officials to ease building code analysis. Step-by-step instructions will be provided and common issues related to height and area limitations will be illustrated with examples of actual mixed occupancy group, multi-story buildings.

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


Webinar: Solid Wood—New Trends in Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design (WoodWorks)

September 7—1 pm Eastern
Through the rise of mass timber, one of the world’s oldest building materials has been reimagined as a sustainable alternative to concrete and steel. Innovations in solid wood building systems, which include large engineered wood members such as glue-laminated timber (GLT), laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and cross-laminated timber (CLT), have created new opportunities for wood, whether that means going taller, spanning farther, or building faster. Driven by wood’s light environmental footprint, large-scale wood buildings around the world are helping to spur building code changes, improve wood-based economies and demonstrate the untapped potential of this versatile material. This presentation will provide insight into these new, exciting architectural developments through detailed case studies that will expand your perception of wood’s possibilities.

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