Upcoming Events

Seminars and Workshops

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

March 26, 2019—Colorado Springs, CO
March 27, 2019—Hamilton, NJ
March 28, 2019—Jersey City, NJ
April 30, 2019—Tulsa, OK
May 8, 2019—Billings, MT

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.

Mass Timber Connections: Building Structural Design Skills

March 26, 2019—San Antonio, TX
March 27, 2019—Austin, TX
March 28, 2019—Houston, TX

For engineers new to mass timber design, connections can pose a particular challenge. This course focuses on connection design principles and analysis techniques unique to mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber, glued-laminated timber and nail-laminated timber. The session will focus on design options for connection solutions ranging from commodity fasteners, pre-engineered wood products and custom-designed connections. Discussion will also include a review of timber mechanics and load transfer, as well as considerations such as tolerances, fabrication, durability, fire and shrinkage that are relevant to structural design.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.

Taking the Guesswork out of Mixed-Use Building Analysis

April 2, 2019—Portland, OR
April 3, 2019—Seattle, WA
May 28, 2019—San Diego, CA

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 HSW LUs, 2 PDH credits or 0.2 ICC credits.

Cladding Systems, Moisture Protection, Thermal Control and Air Barriers: Effective Enclosure Design Strategies

April 9, 2019—Washington, DC
April 10, 2019—Baltimore, MD
April 11, 2019—Philadelphia, PA

This interactive workshop will examine the unique considerations of building enclosure design for wood-frame multi-family and commercial projects. Presented by three experts, it will break enclosure design into its main control layer topics: cladding systems, moisture protection, thermal control and air barriers. Each of these control layers will be addressed, including product options, assembly and detailing strategies, continuity, inspections, and how each control layer affects the others. Using the mid-Atlantic climate as a basis of design, the presenters will then lead a design charrette using parameters selected by the audience. Attendees can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the guiding principles of enclosure design, the variety of products, assemblies and details that can achieve desired performance, and the construction phase know-how to ensure that pen and paper details translate to real-world results.

Attendees will qualify for 3.5 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3.5 PDH credits or 0.35 ICC credits.

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices and Tall Wood

April 10, 2019—New Orleans, LA

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.

As interest in and use of mass timber in the U.S. has grown, so too has interest in pushing these timber structures to greater heights. Using international examples of successful tall wood buildings as precedent, some designers have proposed tall wood projects in the states using a project-specific performance-based design approach. In order to provide a uniform set of code provisions for these tall wood buildings, the International Code Council established an ad hoc committee on tall wood buildings that proposed a set of code changes allowing up to 18 stories of mass timber construction. Those code changes were announced as approved in January 2019 and will become part of the 2021 International Building Code. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, this presentation will introduce the new tall wood code provisions and construction types, as well as the technical research and testing that supported their adoption.

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

Seismic Design of a Wood Cantilever, Open-Front Diaphragm

April 16, 2019—Salt Lake City, UT
April 17, 2019—Las Vegas, NV
April 18, 2019—Los Angeles, CA
May 22, 2019—Oak Brook, IL

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.

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.

Thinking Inside the Box: Modular Construction Demystified

May 1, 2019—Marlborough, MA
May 2, 2019—Portland, ME

Modular construction is touted as an opportunity to combat rising interest rates and construction prices through greater efficiency, address skilled labor shortages, 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. Presented by experts from both coasts, this workshop will take a close look at modular wood-frame multi-family projects in particular. First, a Seattle-based architect will examine unique design considerations, detailing and sourcing techniques, including a review of the advantages and challenges of the design/delivery process. Discussion will then focus on the largest modular project in Boston to date, The Graphic, which features a wood-frame building over a concrete podium. The project architect and contractor will offer their insights on the design and construction process, pros and cons of off-site fabrication, quality, timeliness, and sustainability.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits.

Larger Wood Structures: Practical Design Concepts for Mid-Rise and CLT

May 21, 2019—Concord, NH
May 28, 2019—Worcester, MA

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.

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

Durability, Termites and Moisture Control: Florida Building Enclosure Design

May 21, 2019—Tampa, FL
May 22, 2019—Winter Park, FL
May 23, 2019—Jacksonville, FL

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. In Florida, they are also essential for termite prevention. This presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers in addressing items such as durability, termite prevention and control, and thermal continuity. Beginning with a review of building enclosure design fundamentals and considerations, it will then focus on best practices for a variety of wood-frame building enclosure assemblies and details. Next, a brief overview of the termites encountered in Florida will be presented, with a focus on prevention and control strategies for multi-family and commercial wood buildings. A combination of initial design strategies to prevent termites from entering structures and proper maintenance programs for surveillance will be reviewed. 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.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. CEUs are FBPE board-approved.

A Design Example of a Wood Cantilever Diaphragm

May 22, 2019—Oak Brook, IL

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.

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

Navigating Construction Types, Mixed-Use Buildings and Fire-Resistant Design

May 28, 2019—Cincinnati, OH
May 29, 2019—Columbus, OH
May 30, 2019—Cleveland, OH

With an increase in 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 interior fire-rated assemblies such as firewalls, fire barriers and fire partitions. Discussion will include fire-resistance rating continuity, allowable uses of wood framing in rated assemblies, and allowable penetrations.

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

Breaking Convention with Timber Offices and Tall Wood

June 11, 2019—San Antonio, TX

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.

Mid-Rise and Taller Wood Buildings: The Growing Landscape

June 11, 2019—Omaha, NE

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.

Symposiums, Conferences and Courses

International Mass Timber Conference

March 19–21, 2019—Portland, Oregon

The International Mass Timber Conference is the largest gathering of cross-laminated timber and other mass timber experts in the world, with a special focus on manufacturing and mid- to high-rise construction. Over 1,200 experts from 22 countries attended in 2018.

Explore the supply chain for cross-laminated timber (CLT), nail-laminated timber, glulam beams and panels, mass plywood panels, dowel-laminated timber, and laminated veneer lumber; and the opportunities and obstacles for mass timber in global manufacturing and construction.

Structural Plywood and Veneer-Based Composites Short Course

March 27–28, 2019—Corvallis, Oregon

This two-day event will provide a comprehensive look at the basics of producing high-quality structural plywood and LVL. Industry professionals will introduce processes, equipment and technology used in manufacturing. University instructors will build upon this information with relatable knowledge about wood material science, adhesives, the basics of mechanical testing, and lean manufacturing. Upon completion of the course, participants will have a comprehensive understanding of key manufacturing processes and be better prepared to analyze problems through improved knowledge and troubleshooting skills. Hands-on activities and an evening reception will give participants an opportunity to connect with other industry professionals and instructors.

70th Annual ESBOF Educational Conference

April 8-9, 2019—Newport, RI

Eastern States Building Officials Federation's Conference offers two full days of ICC CEU training and Networking Events, including 2015 IBC, 2015 IRC, 2018 IRC, 2018 IBC, Accessibility, Firestopping & UL Listing, and more.

Texas Wood Design Symposium

April 18, 2019—Dallas, TX

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.

Colorado Wood Design Symposium

May 16, 2019—Denver, CO

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.

Introduction to Structural Design Of Wood Buildings Per the 2018 NDS

May 21–22, 2019—Blacksburg, Virginia

This course is designed for individuals who never had the opportunity to learn wood design basics in a university-level course, but are involved in the design, construction, and inspection of wood buildings. The primary focus and objective of this course are a mastery of wood design basics and understanding of the many factors routinely used and required by the 2018 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction.

Participants will receive a certificate from Virginia Tech for 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) equivalent to 15 hours of instruction.

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.

Webinars

Design Considerations for Multi-Story Podium Projects

April 10, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CDT

Updates to the International Building Code have created opportunities for designers and developers to add value to their mixed-use and multi-family projects by increasing potential scale and density. This presentation will introduce new code language that allows more than one story of above-ground podium with up to five stories of wood-frame construction above. Using built project examples, the discussion will include impacts on design, building layout, methods for dealing with height challenges and open space utilization.

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

CLT Stands Up—A Look at CLT Wall Design

April 11, 2019—9:55–11:00 am CDT
April 11, 2019—12:55–2:00 pm CDT

Even before cross-laminated timber (CLT) was recognized in the 2015 IBC, there was growing interest to use it in the US by designers seeking a sustainable construction product, with a reduced on-site construction time, all while exploiting the natural beauty of wood to provide a pleasing environment to occupants. Not only does CLT meet all of these attributes, but it also provides excellent thermal separation and can be designed to provide up to two hours of fire resistance and even more when protected. This presentation will provide a step-by-step design example of CLT used in a wall application to resist gravity loads as well as design for exposure to fire per the 2018 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and AWC’s TR-10 – Calculating the Fire Resistance of Wood Members and Assemblies.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

The Evolution of Mid-Rise Design: Increasing Opportunities with Wood

May 8, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CDT

The expanding use of wood-frame construction for mid-rise projects is allowing architects to creatively achieve multiple, simultaneous objectives. Wood can effectively meet code requirements while adding value and enabling the need for increased density in urban environments. Increasingly, wood buildings of five, six and more stories 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 project examples, this session will illustrate trends in both residential and commercial mid-rise buildings. Topics will include current code allowances that offer opportunities for taller buildings, design strategies for improved building performance and code-compliant options for meeting fire and life safety requirements.

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

Maximizing Mid-Rise Value with Wood: Design Tips for Podiums, Sloped Sites and Other Complexities

June 12, 2019—12:00 pm–1:00 pm CDT

While more developers and design teams are choosing wood for four- to six-story buildings because of its cost efficiency, design complexities such as podiums, sloping sites, lot line proximities and basements add to the challenge of navigating code provisions. This presentation will explore those provisions with an emphasis on allowances that increase density while ensuring fire and life safety performance. Topics will include podiums and vertical offsets, sloping sites and how to determine number of stories, allowances for single and multi-level basements, high-rise provisions and when they’re applicable, fire walls, mezzanines, and more.

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

Outcomes of ICC Tall Wood AdHoc Committee: Mass Timber Provisions in the 2021 I-Codes

June 20, 2019—9:55–11:30 am CDT
June 20, 2019—12:55–2:30 pm CDT

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 with the scope being to investigate the feasibility of and take action to develop code changes for tall wood buildings. Since that time, the Tall Wood Building (TWB) Ad Hoc Committee has reviewed voluminous materials regarding tall wood buildings, including results of various testing around the world, as well as studies domestically in support of the TWB charge to conduct a thorough review of the science of tall wood. The TWB developed its own test scenario(s) to substantiate any code change proposals (testing was carried out at ATF labs); and worked to develop a comprehensive set of technically-substantiated code changes for consideration during the 2018 Group A code development process. The intensive research performed by the Committee was submitted under the ICC Code Development Process, along with the resulting proposals developed by Committee consensus. All of the Group A TWB proposals have been approved. The TWB has also developed a set of Group B proposals, submitted in January 2019.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)