Upcoming Events

Conferences and Tradeshows

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 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 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

Designing Modern Wood Schools: A Guide for Architects and Structural Engineers

February 13, 2018—Las Vegas, Nevada

This course is intended for architects and structural engineers who are seeking a full system understanding of the unique design considerations associated with wood-frame schools. Architectural design and detailing topics specific to school performance criteria such as durability, fire and life safety, and allowable building size will be discussed. Schools space planning needs will be highlighted as will construction type selection and opportunities for wood use. Structural design steps, considerations, and detailing best practices related to gravity and lateral analysis of common school configurations such as classroom floor design and corridor wall framing will also be covered, along with options for wood-frame tall walls and long-span roofs in open areas such as gyms. With an emphasis on budget, this course will present designers with the information necessary to utilize wood framing as a cost savings tool.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


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

February 20, 2018—Honolulu, Hawaii

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.


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

February 27, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts
March 6, 2018—Waltham, Massachusetts
March 7, 2018—Dallas, Texas
March 13, 2018—Austin, Texas
March 20, 2018—Manchester, New Hampshire

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 or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Designing for Occupant Comfort: Acoustics and Energy Performance in Multi-Family and Mixed-Used Buildings

March 6, 2018—San Diego, California
March 7, 2018—Los Angeles, California
March 8, 2018—Oakland, California

Occupant comfort may not be an expressed design objective in the California Building Code, but it’s crucial to the success of a project. This workshop will provide practical information for designing wood-frame multi-family and mixed-use buildings to avoid common comfort-related pitfalls. Discussion will cover design, detailing and installation of high-performing, acoustically-rated assemblies, building envelope and energy efficiency requirements per Title 24, and methods for going beyond energy codes—such as implementation of Passive House techniques. Attendees can expect to gain a better understanding of the most common occupant complaints, and how to avoid them through proper building design.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs, 3 PDH credits or 0.3 ICC credits. Professional Development Certificates (AIA/CES and ICC) will be available on site.


The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

March 13, 2018—Washington, DC
March 14, 2018—Baltimore, Maryland
March 15, 2018—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
March 20, 2018—Cincinnati, Ohio
March 21, 2018—Columbus, Ohio
March 22, 2018—Cleveland, Ohio

As examples of successful tall wood buildings proliferate worldwide, many U.S. architects are considering how to leverage wood’s sustainability and other advantages through their own tall wood designs. Intended as a practical overview for those interested in pursuing wood’s potential, this presentation will cover the “who, what, when and where” of mass timber buildings. Following a brief discussion of history and motivators, existing tall wood projects will be used to illustrate mass timber and hybrid components, high-rise structural design concepts, and lessons learned regarding cost and schedule. Topics will also include building code avenues for alternate designs, and available resources and support.

Attendees will qualify for 2 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Mass Timber Construction: Products, Performance and Design

March 14, 2018—Rochester, Minnesota

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.


Introduction to Wood

March 27, 2018—San Antonio, Texas

This presentation will provide an introductory review of allowable uses and best design practices associated with wood-frame construction. Wood science including wood’s cell structure and moisture interaction properties will be discussed. Wood species and grades will be covered along with an overview of their structural properties and durability. Structural wood design for vertical (gravity) loads including bending, shear, deflection, vibration, tension, compression, and connections will be introduced. Common wood-framed lateral force-resisting systems will be discussed as will the components included in wood shear walls. 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 or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Structural Plywood and Veneer-Based Products Workshop

March 27-28, 2018—Corvallis, Oregon

Beginning in 1968 and for nearly 40 years thereafter, Oregon State University offered an annual ‘Plywood Manufacturing’ workshop. In fact, coincidentally, the last session of the workshop was held in 2005 – the year the plywood industry celebrated its centennial. The workshop has been on hiatus since that time following retirements and job changes for the key organizers of the event.

Well we're pleased to announce that the workshop is back for 2018! Dates are March 27th and 28th on the main OSU campus in Corvallis. And we've added topics related to other veneer-based products such as LVL and engineered wood products and of course, updated the topics to address the state-of-the-art in the industry.

Industry experts will present details of each key step involved in the production of plywood and other veneer-based products, as well as share information on innovations in products and processing technology for this vibrant sector of the forest industry.


Structural Design Topics in Wood Construction

April 16-18, 2018—Blacksburg, Virginia

This course offers a range of topics related to the structural design of wood-frame buildings as well as design measures that can enhance the in-service performance of structural elements. The primary audience for this course includes engineers, architects, residential designers, homebuilders, EWP designers and manufacturers, wood truss designers, truss manufacturers, building code plan reviewers and inspectors, and general contractors who want to expand their general knowledge of wood construction and the design of structural elements beyond the introductory level.

Participants can look forward to 15-hours of instruction (1.5 CEUs).

Webinars

After the Storm: Building for High Wind Resistance

March 30, 2018—11:30am - 12:30pm EST

Join APA Engineered Wood Specialist Mary Uher for After the Storm, a webinar focusing on common structural failures observed during storm damage assessments. The presentation will include an overview of high wind forces, the importance of a continuous load path, and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings.

Mary will also discuss code requirements and present APA’s above-code recommendations for wind-resistant building, as well as how attention to connection details, understanding lateral load concepts, and recognizing common failure modes seen in storm damage assessments can help builders cost effectively build a safer home and reduce future storm damage. 0.10 ICC CEU credits will be available upon completion of the webinar.


Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center: Progressive Timber Office Design

April 11, 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.


UMass Design Buildings: A Firsthand Account from Design through Owner Occupancy

May 9, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

Completed in early 2017, the Design Building at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is the first of its kind in the U.S. At four stories and 87,500 sf, this mass timber project features a glued-laminated (glulam) timber column-and-beam frame, mass timber lateral force-resisting system, hybrid cross-laminated timber (CLT)/concrete floor system, and unconventional cantilevered forms. This presentation will highlight two aspects of the project: the design process will be discussed by the principal architect and the construction and occupancy phases will be reviewed by an associate professor who was close to the process and now works in the building. From code approval through occupancy, this session will address the process and collaboration required to see this groundbreaking structure to fruition in a steel-dominated construction industry.

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.


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 credit1 or 0.1 ICC credit (FBPE board-approved). Certificates will be emailed to participants.