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STD600-A – What the 2015 IBC Means for Wood Construction – Part IV: Permanent Wood Foundations


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This article provides an overview of changes for the 2015 Permanent Wood Foundation (PWF) Design Specification—a publication intended to address structural design requirements of a wood foundation for light-frame construction. The standard for designing wood foundations, most commonly used in residential structures in the upper Midwest, has been updated to reflect reference to the 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction and 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). The 2015 PWF, 2015 NDS, and 2015 SDPWS are all adopted by reference in the 2015 International Building Code and the 2015 International Residential Code.

Learning Objectives:
After reading this article, you will:

  1. Understand changes incorporated in the 2015 PWF standard.
  2. Be knowledgeable of the basic requirements for a PWF.
  3. Understand material requirements for use in a PWF.
  4. Be aware of related standards required to design a PWF.

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