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 AWC's 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings and 2015 WFCM High Wind Guides tend to provide conservative results. Engineered approaches such as those outlined in AWC's 2015 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.
- Identify and understand the basic shear wall system to resist wind and seismic loads.
- Understand the difference between segmented and perforated shear wall design.
- Understand hold down design.
- Be able to identify and analyze shear walls per 2015 WFCM, 2015 WFCM High Wind Guides, and 2015 SDPWS and understand the differences between them.
Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Learning Units (LU)