Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

RESNET 2017 Conference

February 27 to March 1—Scottsdale, Arizona

The 2017 RESNET Building Performance Conference is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy.


AIBD Spring Conference

March 3–4—North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A conference and workshop for residential design and design/build professionals.


2017 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

March 22—Irving, 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.


2017 International Mass Timber Conference

March 28–30—Portland, Oregon

Presentations from international experts addressing the advancement of cross-laminated timber and the mass timber industry, and the use of wood in mid-rise and tall buildings across the world.


2017 Pacific Northwest Wood Solutions Fair

April 25—Seattle, Washington

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.


AIA Conference on Architecture 2017

April 27–29, 2017—Orlando, Florida

Speakers: Industry favorites and new voices deliver insights and experiences; Education: Master new skills and earn credits with workshops, weminars, tours, or expo credit; Architecture Expo: Discover what's new, next, and cutting-edge with over 800 displays featuring the latest in materials, products, and technologies; plus networking events and much more.


Forest Products Society 71st International Convention

June 26–28—Starkville, Mississippi

The 71st International Convention will feature sessions targeting wood properties in construction, wood and the environment, education and marketing for the forest products industry, and advances in technology.


2017 Mid-Atlantic Wood Solutions Fair

August 29—Washington, DC

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.


2017 Southern California Wood Solutions Fair

October 4—Pasadena, California

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.


2017 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

November 2—Charlotte, North Carolina

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, & Symposiums

2017 Timber Frame Engineering Council (TFEC) Symposium

May 18–19, 2017—Madison, Wisconsin

The TFEC Symposium agenda includes keynote addresses by Ben Brungraber of Fire Tower Engineered Timber and Gerry Epp of StructureCraft, as well as a packed technical program that will make for two days of accelerated learning and information sharing. Symposium-goers also have the opportunity to tour the US Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), where they will be addressed by Mike Ritter, Assistant Director of Research, prior to exploring the FPL. The facility includes labs dedicated Pressure Treatment, Emerging Mechanics, Composites, Weathering, and Wood Anatomy, as well as the Advanced Housing Research Center.

Seminars

 

The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

March 2, 2017—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 14, 2017—Fort Worth, Texas

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 LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mixed-Use & Multi-Family: Designing Wood-Frame Buildings for Occupant Comfort

March 7, 2017—Washington, DC
March 8, 2017—Baltimore, Maryland
March 9, 2017—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Occupant comfort may not be an expressed design objective in the International Building Code, but it’s very important to the success of a project. This workshop will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover designing high-performing, acoustically-rated assemblies, minimizing floor vibration and methods for meeting or exceeding energy-efficiency objectives. Details and code provisions will be presented for each topic, along with example projects featuring real-world issues and solutions. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of the most common occupant complaints, and how to avoid them through proper building design.

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


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

March 8—Nashville, Tennessee
March 15—Denver, Colorado

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.

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


Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

March 14, 2017—Columbus, Ohio
March 15, 2017—Beachwood, Ohio

While mixed-use buildings—which combine multiple occupancy types and/or functions in a single structure—are common, determining how to apply their unique mix of code requirements can be a daunting task. To simplify code analysis associated with these buildings, this presentation covers logical, code-compliant steps for a number of topics, including determining allowable building size, separation needs, detailing requirements, and the application of special provisions. With an emphasis on the use of wood framing in Construction Types III, IV and V, examples, calculations, and details will be presented to demonstrate how to navigate the various code requirements associated with mixed-use buildings while maximizing building size and meeting fire and life safety needs.

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


Modern School Construction in the PNW: Achieving Performance and Cost Objectives with Wood

March 14, 2017—Seattle, Washington
March 15, 2017—Portland, Oregon

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers 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. Recent PNW school projects, both new facilities and additions, will be used to illustrate common challenges and successful solutions. Following this discussion, an experienced contractor will provide real-world examples of cost and schedule savings realized on PNW wood-frame school projects.

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


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

March 14, 2017—Hartford, Connecticut
March 15, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts

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 LUs (HSW) or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Webinars

 

None listed at this time.