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DES412-1 – Seismic-Resistive Design of Wood Buildings


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This presentation highlights 2012 International Building Code (IBC), 2010 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-10) and the 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) requirements applicable to the seismic design of wood structures. Wood-frame shear wall and diaphragm code issues are discussed including deflection equations, detailing requirements, and limitations on the use of wood in seismic design. Changes from previous codes and standards will also be discussed and additional resources will be referenced.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Identify IBC code requirements for seismic design of wood structures.
  2. Identify ASCE 7-10 and SDPWS for seismic design of wood structures.
  3. Understand the limitations of wood shear walls and diaphragms.
  4. Identify special seismic detailing requirements for wood structures.

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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