When the International Building Code (IBC) was introduced in 2000, it consolidated three regional model building codes into one uniform code that has since been adopted by most jurisdictions. It increased the possibilities for wood construction by (among other things) recognizing additional fire protection techniques, consolidating the maximum allowable areas and heights from the three legacy codes into one (thus increasing what’s allowable in some jurisdictions), and allowing the use of wood in a wider range of building types. In subsequent versions of the IBC, even more opportunities have been created where additional fire protection features are used. This course serves to familiarize readers with provisions of the 2012 IBC relevant to wood construction.
- Discuss provisions in the International Building Code (IBC) intended to ensure that wood buildings provide the same level of fire performance as other building types.
- Evaluate techniques that allow designers to safely increase the allowable heights and areas of building projects beyond the base limits stated in the IBC.
- Identify the advantages of wood-frame structures in seismic and high-wind events.
- Explain how advances in wood products and building systems are influencing the evolution of building codes.
Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)