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MAT230 – Today's Glulam: What Design and Building Professionals Need to Know for Code Compliance


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Glued-laminated timber is often used as a primary load carrying member of buildings. Often selected for aesthetic reasons or its unparalleled design flexibility, glulam also offers superior structural performance combined with long term durability. This seminar will focus on recent glulam innovations — such as the use of fiber reinforced polymers to increase strength and stiffness — as well as sustainability considerations related to product selection and endurance. Member, connection, and fire design as outlined in AWC's National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction will also be discussed.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  1. Be able to identify research and correctly specify glued-laminated beams appropriately on their projects.
  2. Become familiar with a number of technology advances and standards related to glued-laminated beams.
  3. Become familiar with key design considerations.
  4. Become acquainted with the unique fire resistive characteristics of glulam as it influences the use of wood in building construction.
  5. Understand the application of NDS Chapter 16 can be utilized to provide up to 2-hours of fire-resistance.

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