Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

International Woodworking Fair 2018

August 22-25, 2018—Atlanta, Georgia

The International Woodworking Fair 2018 will be one of the top woodworking trade shows in the world for the furniture manufacturing, architectural woodwork, custom and general woodworking industries.


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.


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 Design Solutions: Shaft Walls, Exterior Walls, Intersections, Balconies

July 31, 2018—Austin, Texas
August 7, 2018—San Antonio, Texas

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.

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 and emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

August 7, 2018—Little Rock, Arkansas
August 8, 2018—Charlotte, North Carolina
August 15, 2018—Asheville, North Carolina

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, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please remember to check spam folders and make sure to print a copy for your records.


Introduction to Wood: Architectural Design Considerations and Best Practices

August 14, 2018—Cincinnati, Ohio
August 15, 2018—Columbus, Ohio
August 16, 2018—Cleveland, Ohio

This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Wood species and grades will be covered along with an overview of their structural properties and durability. Architectural considerations associated with wood framing will be examined, including fire protection and sprinklers, construction types, acoustics, and building envelopes. Design and detailing best practices for wood-frame buildings will be explained in an effort to highlight the items that play an important role in the construction process and ultimate building performance.

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.


Mid-Rise and Taller Wood Buildings: The Growing Landscape

August 15, 2018—Tulsa, Oklahoma

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, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 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.


Nailed-it! Introducing the Design Guide for Nail-Laminated Timber

August 22, 2018—San Diego, California
August 23, 2018—Long Beach, California
August 24, 2018—San Francisco, California

Growing interest in mass timber has led to increased use not only of cross-laminated timber, but nail-laminated timber (NLT or nail-lam)—a lesser known but more common material option. NLT is created by fastening pieces of dimension lumber, stacked on edge, into one structural element with nails or screws. It offers a unique aesthetic, flexibility of form, fast erection and a light carbon footprint, and is a cost-effective option for designers looking to expose wood structure. Using lessons learned from real projects, this workshop will provide practical strategies and guidance for the safe, predictable, and economical use of NLT. Discussion will include architectural and structural considerations, envelope and fabrication details, and key information from the Nail Laminated Timber Design and Construction Guide, which was authored by the speakers.

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 4 PDH credits or 0.4 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


Practical, Code-Compliant Detailing for Mid-Rise Wood Structures

August 23, 2018—Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 30, 2018—Burlington, Vermont
September 11, 2018—Rye Brook, New York
September 12, 2018—New Haven, Connecticut

With 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.

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 and emailed to attendees within 24 hours of the event. Please print a copy for your records.


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

September 11, 2018—Washington, DC
September 12, 2018—Baltimore, Maryland
September 13, 2018—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 18, 2018—Cincinnati,Ohio
September 19, 2018—Columbus,Ohio
September 20, 2018—Cleveland,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.


Forest to Frame: Mass Timber from an Idaho Perspective

September 12, 2018—Boise, Idaho

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, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 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.


Design Techniques for Mid-Rise Construction and Timber Offices

September 12, 2018—Bozeman, Montana

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 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.

Webinars

Advanced Detailing Techniques for Building Enclosures

August 8, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

This presentation will provide an in-depth look at a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Beginning with a review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then focus on best practices with references from technical guidelines and case studies. Finally, the critical detail interfaces between different enclosure assemblies (i.e., walls, roofs, balconies, windows) will be reviewed with a focus on continuity of critical barriers. Details and case studies will be presented for each.

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.


Experiences of a Mass Timber Builder

August 16, 2018—10:55pm - 12:00pm EST
August 16, 2018—1:55pm - 3:00pm EST

The concept of taller wood structures has captured widespread attention. Some see expanding timber use as one of the few ways to reach ambitious carbon reduction goals; others are inspired by new aesthetic opportunities—but Lendlease, an international construction and development firm, sees the use of mass timber for mid- and high-rise structures as a way to build higher quality buildings, faster and safer. As one of the most experienced contractors of mass timber buildings in the US, Lendlease will offer insights on a proposed change to the 2021 International Building Code that would see increased height and story allowances for mass timber structures.

Equivalencies: 1 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)


Meeting the Energy Code Using the Performance Path

August 23, 2018—Session 1: 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST | Session 2: 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST

Using the performance path to meet energy codes offers many benefits to builders, designers and code officials. Join APA Engineered Wood Specialist Matt Brown for the upcoming webinar, Meeting the Energy Code Using the Performance Path. The one-hour presentation will be offered for two sessions and will focus on the advantages to performance-based energy code compliance, pathways to comply with energy codes and the impacts of different materials and systems on energy efficiency. The presentation will also identify cost-effective ways to meet the energy code.

ICC, AIA and RESNET accreditation is in progress.


Keeping it Under Wraps: Achieving Passive House with Affordable Multi-Family Designs

September 12, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

When many building owners, contractors and other design and construction professionals hear the term ‘passive house,’ they immediately think of increased construction costs. However, several examples exist to demonstrate that passive house wood-frame multi-family projects can be just as affordable as similar non-passive house projects. Drawing on experiences and insights gained from three multi-family passive house projects in cold climates, this presentation will highlight methods of reducing costs—both upfront and long term—that provide the budget containment necessary for the design of affordable housing.

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.


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.