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STD401-A – 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic

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The International Building Code (IBC) requires that structures using wood-framed shear walls and diaphragms to resist wind and seismic lateral loads be designed and constructed in accordance with AWC's Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). This article discusses significant additions and revisions to the 2008 SDPWS and how to apply design provisions for shear walls and diaphragms.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Be familiar with 2008 SDPWS updates to referenced standards.
  2. Understand the significant changes between the 2005 and 2008 SDPWS.
  3. Recognize consistencies with ASCE 7-05 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.
  4. Be able to determine where to obtain the 2008 SDPWS and other resources.

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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