Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

International Builders' Show® (IBS)

January 9-11, 2018—Orlando, Florida

The NAHB International Builders' Show® (IBS) is the largest annual light construction show in the world, attracting about 60,000 visitors from 100 countries. IBS brings together more than 1,400 manufacturers and suppliers from around the globe in 570,000 net square feet of exhibit space, showcasing the latest and most in-demand products and services. The 2018 show features educational sessions with topics ranging from sales and marketing to construction and codes, taught by renowned building industry experts from across the country.


2018 Central Florida Wood Solutions Fair

February 21, 2018—Orlando, Florida

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). CEUs are FBPE board-approved. AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


RESNET Conference

February 26-28, 2018—Orlando, Florida

The 2018 RESNET Building Performance Conference is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy. The RESNET Building Performance Conference offers strategic options to the business challenges and provides a venue where you can obtain usable solutions in an evolving industry. Nowhere else will you find the exceptional range of original content and fresh information for the home performance industry.


2018 Mass Timber Conference

March 20, 2018—Portland, Oregon

Expand your knowledge of mass timber design at the third annual International Mass Timber Conference.


2018 Southeast Wood Solutions Fair

April 25, 2018—Atlanta, Georgia

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2018 Chicago Wood Solutions Fair

May 23, 2018—Rosemont, Illinois

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.


2018 Texas Wood Solutions Fair

August 28, 2018—Austin, Texas

Wood Solutions Fairs are 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 HSW LUs or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.

Symposiums

2018 Seattle Wood Design Symposium

July 19, 2018—Seattle, Washington

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 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 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.


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.

Seminars

Opportunities for Wood Use in Low-Rise Commercial Buildings

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.


Wood Walls—Design Flexibility While Meeting New Codes

December 5, 2017—Glenview, Illinois
December 7, 2017—St. Louis, Missouri

This presentation will review changes to the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and International Building Code (IBC) relating to wood wall construction and design. This interactive presentation will dig into the changes and offer solutions to common issues that may arise. Using APA-The Engineered Wood Association’s latest findings, Texas Straight-Line Wind Damage Assessment Report and Indiana tornado damage, Matthew Brown will demonstrate building performance from high wind events common to our region and what can happen when code details are overlooked. Jared Hensley P.E will discuss proactive detailing and methods that your structural engineer can use to comply with the code as well as innovative new approaches to maximize your architectural flexibility.

Approved by ALA and AIA for 3.0 LU's / HSW.


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.


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

February 6, 2017—Austin, Texas
February 7, 2018—Houston, Texas
February 8, 2018—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. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Webinars

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.


Webinar: Structural Design of Mass Timber Framing Systems

January 10, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Mass timber structural framing systems have high strength-to-weight ratios, are dimensionally stable, and are quickly becoming systems of choice for sustainably-minded designers. This presentation will provide a detailed look at the structural design processes associated with a variety of mass timber products, including glulam, CLT, and NLT. Applications for the use of these products in gravity force-resisting systems under modern building codes will be discussed. Other technical topics will include use of mass timber panels as two-way spanning slabs, connection options and design considerations, and detailing and construction best practices.

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


Lateral Design Approaches for Mid-Rise and Tall Timber: CLT Diaphragms and Rocking Wall Systems

January 10, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

When it’s completed, the 12-story Framework project in Portland, Oregon is expected to be the tallest timber building in the U.S. A winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, it is also remarkable for its use of an innovative rocking timber wall system, designed to increase the building’s resilience and provide high seismic performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the structural design of this mass timber project, with particular focus on the lateral force-resisting system. Design and modeling approaches to the use of CLT diaphragms in a tall timber building in high seismic regions will be highlighted, as will design of the rocking wall system and the research and testing used to demonstrate its above-code performance.

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


Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center: Progressive Timber Office Design

January 10, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

When the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), an entrepreneurial nonprofit think-and-do tank driving the efficient use of energy and resources, decided to build a new office building, wood was a natural choice. Completed in 2015, RMI’s new Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado was required to meet ambitious goals: utilize sustainable construction materials while providing a net-zero, adaptable, commercial office building with a 100-year design life in one of the country’s harshest climates. Both light-frame wood construction and mass timber were chosen for their ability to simplify and reduce structural systems, meet energy efficiency and natural daylight requirements, and utilize locally sourced materials. This case study presentation will examine wood’s role as both structure and finish in this 15,600-sf office building.

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