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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.

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.