Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

International Conference on Wood Adhesives

October 25-27, 2017—Atlanta, Georgia

Held once every four years, the International Conference on Wood Adhesives is the premier technical conference on advances in adhesion of wood and biomass. Since 1980, the conference has attracted an international audience including businesses that make and use adhesives, their suppliers, and researchers and students. Your sponsorship will support this long-lived and importance conference, unique in its audience and content.

Whether you are an adhesive supplier or user or user of the downstream product; from industry, academia, government, or NGO, this conference provides a unique opportunity. Don't wait another 4 years.

If your business depends on having solid technical knowledge about glued wood products, this meeting is for you. We recruit the best technical thinking in the field of wood adhesives so you get the most value for your time invested and will have access to the proceedings.


2017 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

November 2, 2017—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 Northeast Mass Timber Symposium

November 16, 2017—New York, New York

The Northeast Mass Timber Symposium is a 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.

Seminars

The Case for CLT: Opportunities and Challenges

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.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

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.


Mid-Rise and Taller Wood Buildings: The Growing Landscape

November 16, 2017—Dallas, Texas

Innovative use of wood is changing the skyline. Increasingly, mid-rise wood buildings are rising up among traditional concrete and steel shells as designers and developers recognize timber’s performance capabilities while embracing its 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 then shift to taller wood buildings, made possible by emerging research and the development of advanced wood products and technologies. Project examples will be highlighted and design approaches for topics such as fire-resistance, structure and acoustics will be covered.

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


Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

November 16, 2017—New Orleans, Louisiana
December 5, 2017—San Antonio, Texas

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.

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


Multi-Family Mid-Rise Construction: Designing for Fire & Life Safety and Energy Efficiency

December 6, 2017—Boston, Massachusetts
December 7, 2017—Waltham, Massachusetts

Wood-frame construction allows for the development of high-density, high-quality multi-family and mixed-use projects that are also cost effective—but, in many cases, opportunities to reduce cost go unexplored. Intended for designers who want to maximize the value of their mid-rise projects, this workshop combines several topics that can have a significant impact on the bottom line. It covers design and detailing of wood-frame shaft walls, which are growing in popularity as a way to reduce both cost and construction time. Through the lens of two recently completed multi-family Passive House projects in New England, it considers how designers can exceed energy code requirements by using options such as Passive House, which can reduce operational costs long term while enhancing occupant comfort. Finally, it demonstrates how to protect the investment in a building with construction fire safety. While the vulnerability of any building is higher during construction before sprinkler systems and other protection measures are in place, most construction site fires can be prevented through conformance to local safety regulations and implementation of best practices.

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.


Designing Wood-Frame Structures for High Winds

December 6, 2017—Austin, Texas

Wood framing is conducive to meeting the challenges of wind-resistive design. Among its characteristics, wood can carry substantially greater maximum loads for short durations of time as is the case in high-wind events. Wood buildings also tend to include multiple and often redundant load paths for resistance to wind forces. This presentation will cover the design of a building’s wind-resisting system, including wind load calculations, diaphragms, shear walls and collectors. Load path continuity will be discussed, as will unique design considerations for designing wood-frame structures to resist uplift, in-plane, and out-of-plane wind loads. Design examples will be presented to illustrate relevant design procedures and detailing best practices.

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


Wood Roof Systems & Designing Wood-Frame Structures for High Winds

December 7, 2017—Houston, Texas

This course is an overview of the many roof systems commonly used in buildings in the United States for a variety of span lengths. The presentation will review possible wood structural framing systems and geometries. How these components can be combined to create efficient and versatile roof framing systems will be covered, along with International Building Code provisions that allow the use of wood systems in many roof applications including non-combustible Type I and Type II construction. All of these concepts will be reinforced through the presentation of real example projects with details on the framing system used to achieve the project goals.

Wood framing is conducive to meeting the challenges of wind-resistive design. Among its characteristics, wood can carry substantially greater maximum loads for short durations of time as is the case in high-wind events. Wood buildings also tend to include multiple and often redundant load paths for resistance to wind forces. This presentation will cover the design of a building’s wind-resisting system, including wind load calculations, diaphragms, shear walls and collectors. Load path continuity will be discussed, as will unique design considerations for designing wood-frame structures to resist uplift, in-plane, and out-of-plane wind loads. Design examples will be presented to illustrate relevant design procedures and detailing best practices.

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


Timber-Frame Design: The Art of Exposed Structure

December 11, 2017—Tampa, Florida
December 12, 2017—Winter Park, Florida
December 13, 2017—Jacksonville, Florida

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 and hurricane resistance.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. CEUs are FBPE board-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.

Webinars

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.


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.


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 3.4.3.3 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.


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.


2018 NDS Changes

December 14, 2017—1:55pm - 3:00pm EST

This presentation will provide an overview of the significant changes for wood design per AWC's National Design Specification® (NDS) for Wood Construction. The NDS is referenced in the International Building Code and International Residential Code and used to design wood structures worldwide. The 2018 NDS references ASCE/SEI Standard 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures which includes increased wind loads. Participants will learn about changes in the 2018 NDS to address increased wind loads and gain an overview of the standard.

Education Credit: 1 PDH or 1 LU.