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 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.


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.

Seminars

Exposed Connections in Timber Trusses and Structures: Designing for Beauty and Function

February 6, 2017—Austin, Texas
February 7, 2018—Houston, Texas
February 8, 2018—Plano, Texas

In timber designs where the structure is an integral part of the architecture, detailing for trusses and member intersections can be particularly challenging. Presented by renowned timber specialists, this workshop will provide insight relevant to both engineers and architects on heavy timber trusses, glulam post and beam and mass timber component connections. Timber truss topics include an overview of heavy timber truss configurations, guidance on their applications and important design considerations. An introduction to modern timber connections will review guiding principles of mass timber connections, custom and prefabricated hardware, codes, and design considerations using project examples. Among topics included are methods for achieving fire resistance, design simplicity and construction efficiency.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.


Achieving High Performance and Happy Clients: Acoustics, Shrinkage, and Floor Vibration

February 7, 2018—Atlanta, Georgia
February 8, 2018—Charlotte, North Carolina

While the ‘look’ of a building gets most of the attention, effective detailing has just as much impact on client satisfaction over the long term. This workshop brings together three experts to discuss areas of multi-family and commercial wood design where effective design and detailing techniques can improve performance and mitigate occupant complaints. First, a WoodWorks expert will discuss best practices for accommodating wood shrinkage with a focus on effective detailing at wood framing to finish interfaces. An acoustics expert will then discuss acoustical design in light-frame wood structures, with a focus on assembly options, detailing techniques, material selection and proper installation. Finally, a structural engineer with expertise in wood design will examine floor vibration design parameters and strategies that result in effective mass timber floor systems.

Attendees will qualify for 3 AIA/CES HSW LUs or PDH credits. Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.



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.


Breaking Convention with Timber Offices

February 27, 2018—Boston, Massachusetts
March 7, 2018—Dallas, Texas
March 13, 2018—Austin, Texas

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.


The Big Buzz on Tall Wood

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.


The Big Buzz on Tall 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 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

Webinar: 2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual

January 18, 2018—10:55am - 12:00pm EST
January 18, 2018—1:55pm - 3:00pm EST

The Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (ANSI/AWC WFCM-2018) has been updated and is referenced in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). The 2018 WFCM uses gravity and lateral loads based on ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. This presentation will provide an overview of the significant changes in the 2018 WFCM relative to the previous 2015 edition. The WFCM provides code officials and designers with time-saving tools based on engineered and prescriptive solutions (based on structural engineering principles) for wood structures to resist anticipated lateral and gravity loads.

1 hour of education credit awarded.


Lateral Design Approaches for Mid-Rise and Tall Timber: CLT Diaphragms and Rocking Wall Systems

February 14, 2018—1:00pm - 2:00pm EST

When it’s completed, the 12-story Framework project in Portland, Oregon is expected to be the tallest timber building in the U.S. A winner of the U.S. Tall Wood Building Prize Competition, it is also remarkable for its use of an innovative rocking timber wall system, designed to increase the building’s resilience and provide high seismic performance. This presentation will provide an overview of the structural design of this mass timber project, with particular focus on the lateral force-resisting system. Design and modeling approaches to the use of CLT diaphragms in a tall timber building in high seismic regions will be highlighted, as will design of the rocking wall system and the research and testing used to demonstrate its above-code performance.

Education Credit: 1 AIA/CES HSW LU or PDH credit. FBPE-approved provider. Certificates will be emailed to participants.


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.