DES413 – Shear Wall Design


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There are several design tools and standards to assist engineers, architects, and building officials with the design of shear walls. Prescriptive approaches such as those outlined in International Code Council's (ICC) 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) and AWC's 2001 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings tend to provide conservative results. Engineered approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) typically result in more efficient designs. This course will outline several resources available for shear wall design and compare design results.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify and understand the basic shear wall system to resist wind and seismic loads.
  2. Understand the difference between segmented and perforated shear wall design.
  3. Understand hold down design.
  4. Be able to identify and analyze shear walls per the 2009 IRC, 2001 WFCM, and 2008 SDPWS and understand the differences between them.

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

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