Seminars & Webinars

Exposed Connections in Timber Trusses and Structures: Designing for Beauty and Function

September 12, 2017—Austin, Texas
September 13, 2017—Houston, Texas
September 14, 2017—Plano, Texas

In timber designs where the structure is an integral part of the architecture, detailing for trusses and member intersections can be particularly challenging. Presented by renowned timber specialists, this workshop will provide insight relevant to both engineers and architects on heavy timber trusses, glulam post and beam and mass timber component connections. Timber truss topics include an overview of heavy timber truss configurations, guidance on their applications and important design considerations. An introduction to modern timber connections will review guiding principles of mass timber connections, custom and prefabricated hardware, codes, and design considerations using project examples. Among topics included are methods for achieving fire resistance, design simplicity and construction efficiency.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs 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.

Webinar: Timber-Concrete Composite Floor Systems

September 13, 2017—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Many commercial, mixed-use and multi-family buildings utilize long-span floor systems that allow for open and flexible interior floor plans. Competitive long-span floor systems made with mass timber-concrete composite panels are an opportunity to expand the use of wood framing in a variety of occupancy and building types, including high-rises. Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has been researching timber-concrete composite floor systems that can satisfy the structural, serviceability, acoustic and fire requirements of high-rise buildings and has recently completed a physical testing program with Oregon State University. This presentation will showcase the results, including the effect of shear connector type on composite action, two-way spanning behavior of composite timber panels, long-term behaviors, and full-scale verification of a typical long-span bay.

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


September 13-15, 2017—Providence, Rhode Island

The world-class, education program is carefully crafted in collaboration with an advisory council of industry thought-leaders to ensure the most immersive, applicable, relevant program possible. Choose from 40+ sessions featuring solutions-based content presented by recognized industry experts.

CONSTRUCT is the only dedicated national trade show and educational conference for the commercial building teams that spec and source building products. CONSTRUCT links thousands of industry professionals who are looking to procure real-world, practical knowledge for building success. This is your opportunity to meet with hundreds of manufacturers face-to-face and explore their products first-hand.

Informa Exhibitions (owner/producer of CONSTRUCT) is an approved AIA CES Provider. All CONSTRUCT educational sessions and tours are AIA CES Registered for General Learning Units (LU) or Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW). Earn 18.5 AIA LUs/HSW at CONSTRUCT 2017, plus additional credits if you participate in the Connect & Learn Program.

The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges

September 19, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts
October 17, 2017—Cincinnati, Ohio
October 18, 2017—Columbus, Ohio

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 new US CLT Handbook.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

September 20, 2017—San Diego, California
September 21, 2017—Anaheim, California

As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many U.S. architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

2017 Colorado Wood Design Symposium

September 20, 2017—Denver, Colorado

The Colorado Wood Design Symposium is a FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational event on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 5 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Webinar: Tall Wood Structures: Fire Resistance Design Primer for Mass Timber Construction

September 21, 2017—1:55pm - 3:00pm EST

This presentation examines how fire resistance ratings in the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) apply to mass timber and heavy timber construction. Topics include how the IBC incorporates fire testing and calculation methods to quantify fire resistance as well as how various materials, including wood, behave when exposed to high temperatures in fires. Discussion will include code compliant calculation methods for fire resistance ratings of wood frame assemblies and for wood members exposed to fire per the 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction Chapter 16. Mass timber fire resistance ratings when fully exposed or provided with some degree of noncombustible protection is addressed based on current and proposed future code provisions. Also included is information on fire testing, practical considerations for navigating 2015 IBC Chapter 7 on fire and smoke protection features, and an introduction to cross laminated timber (CLT).

Attendees will qualify for 1 hour of education credits.

Southeast Mass Timber Symposium

September 26, 2017—Atlanta, Georgia

With 22 million acres of commercially available private timberland—more than any other state—Georgia has an opportunity to leverage the growing interest among progressive designers who are looking to timber as a low-carbon alternative to traditional construction materials. This seminar will explore a number of topics associated with the design and construction of mass timber structures. Discussion will cover the structural and fire design of various mass timber systems, as well as two recently-completed projects. Finally, the potential impacts of mass timber on the southeast economy will be examined by considering how forestry, legislation, higher education and infrastructure will all factor into increased use.

Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits (FBPE-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.

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

October 4, 2017—Raleigh, North Carolina
October 17, 2017—Grand Rapids, Michigan
October 18, 2017—Dearborn, Michigan

Due to their high strength, dimensional stability and positive environmental performance, mass timber building products are quickly becoming materials of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the variety of mass timber products available, including glue-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), nail laminated timber (NLT), heavy timber decking, and other engineered and composite systems. Applications for the use of these products under modern building codes will be discussed, and examples of their use in U.S. projects reviewed. Mass timber’s ability to act as both structure and exposed finish will also be highlighted, as will its performance as part of an assembly, considering design objectives related to structural performance, fire resistance, acoustics, and energy efficiency. Other topics will include detailing and construction best practices, lessons learned from completed projects and trends for the increased use of mass timber products in the future.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Mass Timber: Cross Laminated Timber Blasts its Way into Government Construction

October 10, 2017—Washington, DC
October 11, 2017—Baltimore, Maryland
October 12, 2017—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The US Government now has another reason to use mass timber solutions such as cross-laminated timber for military and civilian projects. Agencies such as the Department of Defense are increasingly being drawn to benefits that include improved constructability, enhanced rural economies, disaster resilience, carbon neutrality, occupant comfort and now, blast resistance. Intended for design and construction professionals working on government projects, this presentation will demonstrate how solid timber structural systems can meet requirements of the International Building Codes as well as antiterrorism regulations stipulated in the Uniform Facilities Criteria (UFC 4-010-01). In addition to a review of recent blast testing, discussion will include structural, fire, acoustic and building envelope design with an emphasis on government building applications.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Webinar: 2015 NDS Connections Primer

October 19, 2017—1:55pm - 3:30pm EST

With the variety of fasteners available for wood construction, this presentation will provide a basic understanding of connections that includes design examples based on the 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction. Solutions for nailed, screwed, and bolted connections will be presented, along with specific information on calculating shear capacity as well as withdrawal capacity. Multiple approaches to calculating capacity will be discussed, including tabulated references, calculation-based techniques, and computer program solutions (including WoodWorks® Connections software). Material properties for fasteners as well as connected materials including wood-to-wood, wood-to-steel, and wood-to-concrete will be discussed.

1.5 hours of education credits will be awarded.

Webinar: Code-Compliant Fire-Resistance Design for Wood Construction

October 11, 2017—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Determining the proper code application for wood-frame fire assemblies can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies, exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. class of construction.

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

Webinar: Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures

November 8, 2017—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

It is fairly common for light wood-frame commercial and multi-family buildings to include another material for the shaft construction. However, many designers and contractors have come to realize that wood-frame shaft walls are a code-compliant means of reducing cost and shortening construction schedule. In this presentation, detailing for elevator, stair and mechanical shafts will be reviewed along with relevant code provisions. Discussion will focus on fire resistance-rated design parameters, but will also include other architectural and structural considerations related to shaft walls.

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

Webinar: Cornucopia of Classic Connection Conundrums

November 16, 2017—1:55pm - 3:30pm EST

The American Wood Council’s (AWC) National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) are documents referenced in US building codes and used to design wood structures worldwide. Based on numerous help desk questions and feedback from design professionals, AWC has identified some of the most commonly overlooked wood connection engineering requirements from the NDS and SDPWS. These requirements will be discussed as well as resources and examples to meet these requirements. Examples include NDS Appendix E Local Stresses in Fastener Groups, NDS shear design of members at connections, resources for power-driven fasteners such as ISANTA ESR 1539, and detailing requirements for high capacity shear walls and diaphragms.

1.5 hours of education credits will be awarded.

Webinar: Exposed Wood in Fire-Resistive Applications

December 13, 2017—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

For buildings, the fire resistance of structural elements is a code-stipulated requirement often dictated by the construction type chosen rather than building materials used. Wood structures are unique in that they can be unprotected while still providing a level of fire resistance. However, both designers and jurisdictions tend to be unfamiliar with this approach. This presentation will cover the use of a variety of exposed structural wood products (solid sawn lumber, nail-laminated timber, glue-laminated timber and cross laminated timber) in different fire-resistant applications for construction Types III, IV and V. Discussion will include implementation of char calculations, considerations for connections, and information on when calculations or fire tests are required for proving fire resistance in these scenarios. With a better understanding of the challenges and potential solutions, attendees will be able to confidently pursue exposed wood for their projects.

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