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DES516-A – Mid-Rise Wood Construction

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Cost-effective, code-compliant and sustainable, mid-rise wood construction is gaining the attention of developers and design professionals, who see it as a way to achieve higher density housing at lower cost—while reducing the carbon footprint of their projects. Yet, many familiar with wood construction for two- to four-story residential structures are not aware that the International Building Code(IBC) allows five stories of wood-frame construction in building occupancies that include multi-family, military, senior, student and affordable housing—and six stories for business. This course will discuss techniques for designers to achieve code-compliant mid-rise wood structures.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Identify the sustainability and economic benefits of using wood construction for mid-rise buildings
  2. Summarize building code requirements and provisions for mid-rise multi-family wood-frame structures
  3. Discuss wood framing solutions that address issues such as shrinkage, fire protection, and seismic requirements while minimizing carbon footprint
  4. Explore innovations in wood framing design techniques and wood product technologies that enhance energy efficiency.

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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