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STD333 – 2015 WFCM Significant Changes and Introduction to High Wind Guides


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Engineering concepts from the 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM), used to develop the 2015 WFCM High Wind Guides, will be covered, along with updates on changes to the 2015 WFCM. The WFCM and High Wind Guides provide designers with time-saving tools using prescriptive solutions (based on structural engineering principles) for wood structures to resist anticipated wind loads. Example problems showing how to apply tabular solutions offered in the High Wind Guide will also be presented.

Learning Objectives

  1. Be familiar with provisions of the 2015 WFCM and High Wind Guides and relevant references in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2015 International Building Code.
  2. Be familiar with changes in the 2015 WFCM and how they impact structural design.
  3. Understand how roof, floor, and wall assemblies and connections interact as part of a wind uplift and lateral force resisting system.
  4. Understand how to appropriately apply tables in both the WFCM and High Wind Guides to determine prescriptive minimums.

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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