Wind Load Design for Wood-Frame Buildings--Prescriptive and Engineering

Venue: Roanoke

Location: Roanoke, Virginia, United States

Event Date/Time: Oct 23, 2007 End Date/Time: Oct 25, 2007
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Wind Load Design for Wood-Frame BuildingsPrescriptive and Engineering
October 23-25, 2007, Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia.

At the beginning of the course, connection design for resisting typical wind loads in the 2005 National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS) will be reviewed. The remainder of the course will focus on prescriptive code design and engineering design for wind loads with a special emphasis on light-frame wood construction.

To instill a practical knowledge of design theory for real world applications, fundamental design principles and requirements found in the latest building codes (2006 IRC and IBC) and design standards will be embellished with data and experience from actual performance of light-frame buildings subjected to lateral and uplift loads from hurricanes, thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other extreme wind events. This experience will include comparisons of design methods to full-scale testing results related to lateral and uplift resistance of light-frame wood building assemblies.

Simplified methods for lateral wind loads will be presented for fast and reasonably accurate determination of design loads. In addition to standard approaches to shear wall and horizontal diaphragm design, optional code-compliant methods will be presented that can result in more efficient design and construction or provide a means to complete challenging design conditions or scenarios. Finally, resources and code requirements to address critical building envelop performance issues will be addressed (e.g., components & cladding design, wind borne debris protection, and wind-driven rain detailing). For a detailed syllabus and course information, please visit