Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

Maine Mass Timber Conference: Seizing the Opportunity presented by the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center and WoodWorks

October 11, 2018—Orono, Maine

Many are predicting the coming of a Timber Age, where Northern forests and rural economies supply the growing demand for urban construction and housing. In the Northeast, Maine and its forests sit atop one of the largest urban population centers on the planet. With over 90% of its land base covered in trees, Maine is the most heavily forested state in the nation, making it a prime candidate for economic revitalization through the sustainable production of mass timber. Hosted by the Maine Mass Timber Commercialization Center (MMTCC) in partnership with WoodWorks, this conference is part of an initiative to invigorate the region’s forest-based economy by bringing innovative mass timber manufacturing and projects to the State of Maine. A number of topics will be explored, including both supply-side (manufacturing, utilization of locally-sourced raw materials, workforce needs) and demand-side issues (design and construction of products and structures, code applications, fire resistance, and developer obstacles). By presenting a dynamic mix of speakers, including CLT companies that have announced plans to manufacture in Maine as well as architects and engineers, this event will bring together regional stakeholders to address questions that commonly arise when discussing this exciting new (to the U.S.) construction type.

Attendees will qualify for 6 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 6 PDH credits or 0.6 ICC credits.

Symposiums

2018 Boston Wood Design Symposium

September 26, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts

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


2018 Mid-Atlantic Wood Design Symposium

October 18, 2018—Washington, DC

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


2018 Structural Engineering Summit

October 24–27, 2018—Chicago, Illinois

The Structural Engineering Summit draws the best of the structural engineering field together for the best practical education, a dynamic trade show and compelling peer-to-peer networking at an event designed to advance the industry. The Summit also honors the best of structural engineering with the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards recognizing ingenuity throughout the world, and the NCSEA Special Awards highlighting members who have provided outstanding service and commitment to the organization.


2018 Bay Area Wood Design Symposium

November 7, 2018—San Francisco, California

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

Seminars and Workshops

Wood Construction and the Urban Landscape: Design Options for Mid-Rise + Roofs

September 18, 2018—Cincinnati,Ohio
September 19, 2018—Columbus,Ohio

The use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is innovative in its ability to achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood is a code-compliant solution to the issue of how to cost-effectively increase density while creating vibrant urban environments. A renewable resource, it can also help meet the sustainability requirements of even the most stringent green building rating systems, while offering the additional benefit of carbon sequestration. The innovative use of wood is in fact changing the skyline. Increasingly, five- and six-story wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers embrace timber’s vast potential for lower costs, faster installation, and a significantly lighter carbon footprint. Through the use of case studies, this session will showcase recently completed projects that illustrate this trend. Topics will include current code allowances for mid-rise wood buildings, design strategies and environmental performance. Discussion will also touch on the international trend toward even taller wood buildings, made possible by emerging research and the development of advanced wood products and technologies.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site as well as emailed to attendees. Please remember to print a copy for your records.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

September 20, 2018—Copley, Ohio

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 US 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 1 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 1 PDH credits or 0.1 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site and emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.


Mass Timber and Conventional Wood Frame Construction: Building Code Update

October 4, 2018—Commerce, Georgia

In early 2016, the ICC Board of Directors approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to explore the building science of tall wood buildings. Since that time, the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee (ICC TWB) has reviewed voluminous materials regarding mass timber buildings, including the results of various testing and domestic studies in North America and around the world. In addition, the TWB developed its own test program, which was conducted at the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Fire Arms and Explosives (ATF) fire testing facility, in order to develop a comprehensive set of technically-substantiated code changes for consideration during the ICC 2018 Group A code development cycle. The intensive research performed by the Committee, as well as the details of the resulting proposals, will be presented. These changes were approved by the associated ICC code development consensus committees at the ICC Code Action Committee Hearings in April, and will be voted on in the fall at the ICC Public Comment Hearings and in the cdpACCESS governmental consensus voting. Included will be an introduction to crosslaminated timber and an overview of mass timber construction.


Timber-Frame Design: The Art of Exposed Structure

October 30, 2018—Rye Brook, New York
November 6, 2018—Marlborough, Massachusetts

There is something inherently spectacular about the look and feel of exposed timber. It’s more than a structural system. It’s a natural at creating architectural drama—and is often the most practical, cost-effective, and sustainable choice for achieving that objective. This entertaining and informative workshop will demonstrate how heavy timber and mass timber systems can be used to great effect in a variety of timber-frame applications. Emphasizing the need for form to follow function, it will cover traditional and contemporary design approaches, combining design topics such as species, finish, structural system selection, truss design, and connection methods with practical subjects such as construction type, fire performance, hurricane resistance, cost and constructability.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Off-Site Wood-Frame Systems: The Designer's Role in Panelized Construction

October 30, 2018—Houston, Texas
October 31, 2018—San Antonio, Texas
November 1, 2018—Dallas, Texas

While construction methods have generally remained constant for decades, designers, developers and contractors continually look for ways to build faster, safer and better—for less. Although the choice to use on-site wood framing vs. some level of prefabrication depends on many factors, panelized and prefabricated construction can help to meet these goals, offering a reduced construction schedule, improved material efficiency and worker safety, and enhanced quality assurance. With an emphasis on multi-family and commercial projects, this workshop will explore the design implications of wood-frame panelized and componentized construction for architects and engineers. Particular focus will be given to panelized components and trusses, including design and detailing techniques that help teams realize the full benefits afforded by these systems. Project examples, designer-manufacturer interaction and innovative off-site construction trends will also be covered.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Massive Passive House: Bringing Deep Energy Savings to Multi-Family Buildings

November 13, 2018—Washington, DC
November 14, 2018—Baltimore, Maryland
November 15, 2018—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

A growing belief among design and construction professionals is that simply building to the energy code’s baseline minimums is no longer good enough. One approach that’s becoming increasingly popular for multi-family projects is passive house design. With an emphasis on core aspects of efficiency such as continuous air barriers, heat recovery/ fresh air ventilation, and minimizing thermal barriers, multi-family passive house projects are routinely experiencing energy savings of 50%-90% over buildings built to energy code minimums—for very small cost premiums that are quickly repaid once the building is operational. This workshop, presented by a developer, structural engineer and building enclosure specialist all deeply experienced in the realm of energy-efficient building design, will cover the basics of what passive house is, how and why it works, and why it’s effective for wood-frame multi-family buildings. Emphasizing the roles of the architect and structural engineer, topics will include design concepts, detailing techniques, assemblies, construction inspections, and lessons learned over years of energy-efficient and passive house design. The knowledge gained from this session will help you achieve the affordability, resiliency, and health benefits of passive design on your next project.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Structural Engineering for Modern Wood Projects: Vibration, Shrinkage, and Off-Site Fabricated Components

December 4, 2018—Englewood, Colorado
December 5, 2018—Berkeley, California
December 6, 2018—Los Angeles, California

As construction techniques, materials, and owner/occupant expectations continually evolve, so must the structural engineer’s approach to project design. This workshop brings together three experts to discuss areas of multi-family and commercial structural wood design that are often misunderstood. First, a WoodWorks expert will discuss best practices for designing wood-frame floors for vibration and accommodating wood shrinkage in multi-story structures, with a focus on design resources and effective detailing. Next, a wood truss and component manufacturing consultant will highlight the Structural Engineer of Record’s role in metal plate-connected wood truss design. Topics will include rules of thumb and best practices for design of trusses including preliminary depths, bracing requirements and coordination between the design team and truss manufacturer. Finally, a structural engineer with expertise in modular and panelized wood design will examine the unique structural considerations for these systems and the differences in design approach from traditional, on-site construction methods.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Webinars

Engineered Wood I-Joists: Fire Protective Assemblies and Firefighter Safety

October 9, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

The 2012, 2015 and 2018 editions of the International Residential Code (IRC) include fire-protective membrane requirements to enhance the fire performance of floor systems. This free APA webinar, presented by Robert Neale of Integra Code Consultants, former vice president of National Fire Service Activities, will focus on assemblies that meet the fire-protective membrane requirements of the code, specifically as they relate to I-joist floor systems. This information will be presented in the context of what firefighters, fire officials and code officials should know about code requirements and tested alternatives to ensure requisite structural performance in fire conditions.

This course is approved by AIA (1 HSW/LU) and ICC (0.10 CEU).


Noise and Vibration Control in Wood-Frame Multi-Family Buildings

October 10, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Learn to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls in wood-frame multi-family projects. Presented by an acoustics and vibration expert, this webinar will cover practical information related to code requirements, acoustical barriers, and high-performing, acoustically-rated wall and floor assemblies. Recommendations to avoid common pitfalls such as flanking paths will be presented along with example projects featuring real-world acoustical issues and solutions. Vibration and associated noise issues related to mechanical equipment will also be addressed, with an emphasis on how to avoid them through proper isolation design.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved). Certificates will be emailed to participants.


Fire and Sound Detailing for Mid-Rise Wood-Frame Buildings

November 14, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Growing interest in mid-rise Type III and Type V projects has led to a focus on cost-effective and buildable detailing strategies that align with code requirements for fire and life safety, acoustical separation and structural performance. Presented by an architect who has designed many multi-family and mixed-use mid-rise projects, this webinar goes beyond code provisions and focuses on the “how-to” associated with designing and detailing these wood-frame buildings. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to fire and life safety and acoustics will be reviewed at length, including floor-to-wall details, shaft walls, fire walls, and the intersection of two rated assemblies in four- to six-story, Type III and Type V wood structures.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved). Certificates will be emailed to participants.


Modular Construction: Tomorrows Multi-Family Buildings at Todays Price

December 12, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

While construction methods have generally remained constant for decades, designers, developers and contractors continually look for ways to build faster, safer and better—for less. Modular construction has been touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address the lack of skilled labor, and reduce jobsite waste. However, some architects and engineers are hesitant to embrace the modular approach because they don’t want their designs to be compromised, and they don’t think it has the flexibility or functionality to execute certain project typologies. However, as modular design has become more common, it has also grown nimbler. With an emphasis on multi-family and commercial projects, this webinar will explore the design implications of offsite wood-frame construction for architects and engineers. Particular focus will be given to modular components, including trends, benefits and design and detailing techniques that help teams realize the full benefits afforded by these systems.

Attendees will qualify for 1 AIA/CES HSW LU, 1 PDH credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved). Certificates will be emailed to participants.