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AWC hosts resilient design webinar series during Building Safety Month

Apr 26, 2016

LEESBURG, VA. – As a major sponsor of the International Code Council’s (ICC) Building Safety Month, the American Wood Council (AWC) will host a complementary four-part Disaster Resistant Wood Frame Construction webinar series in May. AWC is also sponsoring the third week of ICC’s Building Safety Month, “Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow.”

“Cities, states and even our federal government are looking for ways to build more resilient communities in the face of natural disasters,” said AWC Vice President, Codes & Regulations Kenneth Bland. “A properly designed structure that meets the most current codes and standards will withstand the forces of nature better than those built to older codes. AWC is presenting this webinar series to help code officials and designers understand how to build smarter with wood.” 

A new webinar will occur each Thursday in the month of May.

  • May 5: Part one will provide a design overview of a two-story example structure, along with a calculation of loads to be resisted, and applicability limitations of AWC’s Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM).
  • May 12: Part two will focus on the roof design including gable-end wall framing, roof and ceiling framing and sheathing, and connections.
  • May 19: Part three will focus on the design of the second-story including floor and wall framing and sheathing (e.g. shear walls and framing around openings) and connections.
  • May 26: Part four will focus on the first-story design and include summation of loads from above and connections specific to foundations.

This webinar series will be using the 2015 WFCM Workbook, “Design of Wood Frame Buildings for High Wind, Snow and Seismic Loads” which provides a design example, helpful checklist, and background information for design of a wood-frame structure. Using plans from a two-story residence, participants will learn how to prescriptively design the structure to resist high wind, seismic, and typical residential gravity loads. An overview of appropriate loads to apply to residential structures will be provided. Participants will work through roof, wall, and floor system designs including shear walls and appropriate connections between roof, floor, wall, and foundations to maintain load path.

The WFCM for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (ANSI/AWC WFCM-2015) is referenced in the 2015 International Building Code and 2015 International Residential Code.

Participants can sign up for the free courses on the AWC website. Education credits will be awarded.

AWC is a Preferred Provider for ICC, as well as an American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System Approved Provider. Our education programs are also registered with the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations Diamond Approval Program. 


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