We are the leader in the development of building codes and standards for wood design, and provide online and live training to support their implementation.
Our education programs include courses related to the use of traditional and engineered wood products for residential and commercial applications, and are ideally suited for code officials and design professionals.
We have partnered with the International Code Council (ICC), and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and National Council on Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) to grant professional continuing education.
Experimental studies of cyclic performance of wood-frame shear walls give insight into structural performance and have informed recent changes implemented in the 2021 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). Experimental results for 10d short nails, shear wall end post details, and gypsum wallboard contribution to shear wall strength and stiffness are summarized. SDPWS requirements and commentary guidance relative to the tested systems will also be discussed.