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DES700-A – Building Resilience: Expanding the Concept of Sustainability

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Design professionals are being tasked to design more resilient structures that can survive adverse situations such as natural disasters, the effects of climate change, and even deliberate attack. This course will consider traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of resilience, including performance during and after natural disasters, as well as the relevance of wood’s light carbon footprint and low embodied energy. It will describe how building codes and standards such as the NDS support resilience now, and consider how wood structures can be used to meet evolving resilience objectives.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Discuss why the concept of resilience can be viewed as another step in the evolution of sustainable building design.
  2. Identify the strengths of traditional wood framing and mass timber systems in the context of building resilience, including performance during and after earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters, as well as the relevance of carbon footprint and embodied energy.
  3. Explain how the International Building Code (IBC) and referenced standards such as the National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction support building resilience.
  4. Describe examples of research related to the development of new building materials and systems that could help communities meet more stringent resilience criteria.

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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