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MAT250 – How New Trends in Wood Construction Comply with the Building Code

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This course will introduce an overview of a variety of current and new wood products and techniques. It will discuss how they may be applied to your future building designs and how they are being used in projects across the nation today to comply with the International Building Code (IBC). Included in this course is information on the application and advantages of:

  • Panelized Walls - a technique that is allowing wood construction to be constructed under a more controlled environment and decreasing the time of construction at the site.
  • Mid-ply Shear Walls - a technique for increased shear capacity.
  • Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) - a building system that can now be used in high seismic regions.
  • Composite Floor Systems - a hybrid technology that allows for supreme floor performance.
  • Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) - a sustainable technology to compete with reinforced concrete mid-rise and high-rise construction as well as concrete tilt up.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Become familiar with current wood-based construction systems and techniques.
  2. Become familiar with new wood-based construction systems and techniques.
  3. Recognize advantages and disadvantages to various wood framing methods.
  4. Be able to explain how systems can be implemented into buildings and comply with the building code.


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