Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

Forest Products Society 72nd International Convention

June 11-14, 2018—Madison, Wisconsin

As the housing industry recovers from some volatile years, it is crucial to find ways to make it more sustainable and keep costs to a minimum. The Forest Products Society’s (FPS) 72nd Annual International Convention (IC) in Madison, Wisconsin, June 11 – 14, will focus on this important topic. In addition to the latest research on mass timber, building innovations and durability, David Fell from FPInnovations, will present “Housing Reconsidered: The New Drivers of Wood Demand in North America and Asia”. His remarks will focus on how technical, social, and business practice pressures are impacting housing developments, and how the trends of energy efficiency, prefabrication, carbon, and urban densification provide both challenges and opportunities.


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.

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 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

Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

June 19, 2018—Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

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.


Advancements in Force Transfer around Openings for Wood-Framed Shear Walls

June 21, 2018—Little Rock, Arkansas

A joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, University of British Columbia (UBC), and USDA Forest Products Laboratory was initiated in 2009 to examine the variations of walls with code-allowable openings. Test results from the (8' x 12') full-scale wall configurations, in conjunction with the analytical results from a computer model developed by UBC, were used to develop and refine rational design methodologies in accordance with the International Building Code (IBC). This presentation provides an update of that research with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. Rational design methodologies in accordance with the IBC will be shared. APA’s new worksheet for this method will also be introduced.


Shear Wall and Diaphragm Design

June 21, 2018—St. Louis, Missouri

Intended for structural engineers who would like a deeper understanding of advanced shear wall and diaphragm principles, this presentation will provide an in-depth look at wood-frame shear wall and diaphragm designs commonly used for non-residential and multi-family low-rise and mid-rise buildings, including those with rectangular, offset and open-front plans. Topics will include diaphragm irregularities and the detailing required to maintain continuous load paths across areas of discontinuity; a review of the new 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements for wood-frame shear walls; and a new method of analysis for a shear wall with force transfer around an opening.

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.

Webinars

 

Optimized Design, Efficient Construction: How One Company Successfully Constructed a Massive Timber Project

June 13, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

This case study presentation offers a rare opportunity to learn about mass timber from a company that built one of the largest cross-laminated timber (CLT) projects in the US—a five-story, 156,000-square-foot office building in Hillsboro, Oregon. Swinerton Builders, which undertook all aspects of construction in-house, will share information on procurement and erection not easily found through other sources. Insights will cover pre-construction activities, including design optimization, proper use of BIM to manage the many prefabricated elements inherent in a large mass timber project, and phasing techniques. Site logistics, quality management, field production, and erection details will also be discussed.

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.


Building Enclosure Design: Fundamentals, Components and Assemblies

July 11, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Building enclosures are responsible for controlling heat flow, air flow, vapor flow and a number of other elements. Through a combination of building science fundamentals and current research, this presentation will explore design considerations associated with wood-frame building enclosures and the role of control layers. Discussion will focus on best practices for designing durable, energy-efficient enclosures using traditional light wood-frame construction.

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.


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.


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.