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DES800-A – Fire-Resistive Design of Exposed Timber Structures

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Timber has been successfully used to construct fire-safe buildings in the United States, Canada and Europe for more than a century. No building material is "fireproof." One goal of fire-resistive design is to provide the proper building materials and structural fire protection, based on the use of the structure. The combustibility of the structure is often a primary consideration, however it is recognized that the greatest fire threat lies with the types of materials stored in the building. This course covers several different methods where timber construction may be used to address fire safety priorities.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Be able to define important goals of fire-resistive design.
  2. Be able to discuss how timber can be used successfully to provide fire resistance for buildings.
  3. Be able to identify and describe the different methods of addressing fire resistance in wood buildings.
  4. Be able to recall important International Building Code and National Building Code of Canada code requirements for Heavy Timber Construction.

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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