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) International Residential Code (IRC) and AWC's 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 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 the IRC, WFCM, and SDPWS and understand the differences between them.