Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

A New Path Forward for Tall Wood Construction: Code Provisions and Design Steps (WoodWorks)

September 24, 2019—Dallas, TX

We are at an exciting confluence in timber construction. The need for sustainable, urban construction has never been higher. Concurrently, mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber have opened the door to many new opportunities for construction, one of which is tall wood. In January 2019, the International Code Council (ICC) approved a set of proposals to allow tall wood buildings of up to 18 stories as part of the 2021 International Building Code (IBC). This presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions in depth. Starting with a review of the technical research and testing that supported their adoption, it will then take a detailed look at the new code provisions and methods of addressing the new requirements. Topics will include fire-resistance ratings and allowances for exposed timber, penetrations, sprinklers, connections, exterior walls and much more. Designers can expect to take away the knowledge they need to start exploring tall wood designs on their projects.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Larger Wood Structures: Practical Design Concepts for Mid-Rise + CLT (WoodWorks)

September 24, 2019—Springfield, MA
October 1, 2019—Albany, NY
November 6, 2019—Colombus, OH
November 7, 2019—Cleveland, OH
November 20, 2019—Cincinnati, OH

Practical, Code-Compliant Detailing for Mid-Rise Wood Structures
With an an increase in mid-rise wood-frame buildings, more designers are seeking information on code-compliant and constructible detailing. Many are unsure of the code’s requirements for details, specifically at the intersection of rated assemblies and where structure and fire protection meet. This presentation will focus on common detailing issues and areas of misunderstanding—including fire-resistance rating continuity, allowable uses of wood framing in shaft and fire walls, and fire safety principles associated with the intersection of two rated assemblies. Mid-rise wood-frame opportunities and code-specified building sizes will also be reviewed, followed by discussion of detailing code requirements, code compliance, and rationale for approval with an emphasis on constructability and practicality.

Introducing CLT: New Opportunities for Timber Construction
Cross laminated timber (CLT) is an engineered wood building system designed to complement light- and heavy-timber framing options. Because of its high strength and dimensional stability, it can be used as an alternative to concrete, masonry and steel in many building types. This presentation will introduce CLT with a series of project examples that demonstrate its use and associated benefits in a range of applications. Information on manufacturing, specification and code-related considerations will also be discussed.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

A Design Example of a Wood Cantilever Diaphragm (WoodWorks)

October 9, 2019—Dallas, TX
October 10, 2019—Houston, TX
December 3, 2019—Missoula, MT
December 5, 2019—Scottsdale, AZ

Designers of modern low-rise and mid-rise multi-family buildings often face challenges due to fewer opportunities for shear walls at exterior wall lines (e.g., more glass and larger openings), increased building heights, and multi-story shear wall effects. While corridor-only shear walls are becoming more popular to address the lack of adequate exterior shear walls, methods of analysis for open-front structures are also evolving to reflect more complex building geometries. The goal of this presentation is to provide guidance on how to analyze an open-front or corridor-only shear wall diaphragm, and help engineers better understand flexibility issues associated with these types of structures. Although it will focus on seismic design of these conditions, comparison of wind and seismic design methods will also be covered.The techniques and examples covered in this presentation are intended to demonstrate one method of analysis. It is anticipated that this information will serve as guidance for designers to consider and refine their own methods and techniques.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits.

Symposiums, Conferences and Courses

Northeast Wood Design Symposium

October 16, 2019—Portland, ME

A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.

Timber-Strong Design Build Competition

November 12, 2019—Anaheim, CA

NCSEA has partnered with APA – the Engineered Wood Association, the American Wood Council and Simpson Strong-Tie to bring the Timber-Strong Design Build Competition to Structural Engineers Associations. This competition is intended to give university engineering students a real world experience. Student teams will prepare a project complete with a preliminary design, material cost estimates, structural calculations and estimated carbon footprint. It provides an opportunity for students to experience the full spectrum of designing and building a real project in a team environment. The on-site building portion of the competition will take place at the NCSEA Structural Engineering Summit, on November 12th at the Disneyland Hotel.

Southern California Wood Design Symposium

November 13, 2019—Long Beach, CA

A Wood Design Symposium is a multi-faceted educational event on the use of wood in commercial and multi-family buildings.

Attendees can earn up to 5.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 5.5 PDH credits, or 0.55 ICC credits (one per attended seminar). Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Achieving the Imperative of High-Performance Multi-Family Housing with Wood Construction (WoodWorks)

October 9, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CDT

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. The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), which has funded 17 multi-family passive house projects, is propelling the affordable housing industry toward a net-zero energy standard by 2030. This initiative has proved a catalyst for the significant expansion of passive house/net-zero-capable housing, inspiring 14 more states to similarly incentivize passive house through their low-income housing tax credit programs. This webinar will share cost data, strategies, and lessons learned through completed passive house projects nationwide, demonstrating the radical, affordable, and scalable way the affordable housing industry is combatting climate change through improved energy performance.

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

The Fasteners and the Furious (AWC)

October 17, 2019—10:55 am–12:30 pm EDT
October 17, 2019—1:55 pm–3:30 pm EDT

Due to the great success of DES340-Cornucopia of Classic Connection Conundrums presentation, this program includes discussion about wood-based connection design based on numerous help desk questions and feedback from design professionals. AWC has identified some commonly overlooked wood-based connection engineering requirements from the National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) for discussion. Connection detailing requirements and design examples will also be provided. Learning objectives include: 1. Describe and analyze wood-based connection engineering issues, 2. Acquire resources for complying with wood-based connection design, 3. Identify lateral connection details, and 4. Specify proper fasteners for shear walls, diaphragms, and other wood-based assemblies.

Equivalencies: 1.5 Hour of Instruction = 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1.5 Learning Units (LU).

Code-Compliant Portal Frames Built Right (APA)

October 29, 2019—10:00 am–10:30 am PDT

This 30-minute webinar will enable participants to understand the importance of wall bracing to resist wind and earthquake loads, recognize the role of portal frames in resisting lateral loads, identify the different portal frame options in the International Residential Code (IRC), spot the key elements of a portal frame and avoid common errors.

Note: this webinar does not offer any continuing education credits.

Integrating Passive House Concepts into Everyday Enclosure Design (WoodWorks)

November 13, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CDT

To some design and construction professionals, the term ‘passive house’ carries connotations of added expense, difficult details and super-thick walls and roofs. However, for larger scale multi-family and commercial buildings, the concepts of passive house design can be easily implemented with a proper understanding of the core principles and guiding design techniques. Passive house can provide deep operational energy reductions through its core principles of entire building air tightness, minimal thermal bridging, and a balanced and appropriately-sized mechanical ventilation system. This webinar will draw on these guiding principles to illustrate how passive house concepts can be integrated into a number of wood-frame project types—including mid-rise multi-family, low-rise commercial, and tall wood buildings. Enclosure detailing techniques, construction cost impacts, and energy savings potential will be illustrated with an emphasis on repeatable and scalable strategies.

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

Shaft Wall Solutions for Wood-Frame Structures (AWC)

November 21, 2019—10:55 am–12:30 pm EST
November 21, 2019—1:55 pm–3:30 pm EST

It is fairly common for light wood-frame commercial and multifamily 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. Code provisions of the 2012 to 2018 International Building Code are applicable. Learning objectives include: 1. Review fire resistance-rated code provisions relevant to wood shaft wall design; 2. Introduce shaft wall assembly types, evaluating their applicability to elevator, stair and mechanical shafts; 3. Provide detailing options that establish fire resistance continuity at framing intersections; and 4. Recognize structural design considerations for stair and elevator shafts.

Equivalencies: 1 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hour (PDH) = 1 Learning Unit (LU).