At the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•  Understand the building code changes that allowed mid-rise wood frame construction.

•  Describe the properties and characteristics of wood framing that create challenges for durable design.

•  Discuss the building code provisions that will contribute to substandard performance, early distress and/or failure of building components.

•  Discuss compatibility issues that are associated with various construction materials used on mid-rise wood frame buildings.

•  Understand the communication breakdown that happens at real world job sites.

•  Describe the minimum building code requirements for roof slope and positive drainage.

•  Understand the properties of wood that contribute to long-term deflection.

•  Discuss the mechanisms that can cause initial roof slopes to be reduced during the service life of a typical wood frame building.

•   Understand the design details that will help avoid ponding of water on roofs, decks, water intrusion and/or roof collapse.

•   Describe the dead and live loads that mid-rise wood frame buildings are subjected to during construction and in service.

•   Understand the primary movements that wood framing is subjected to during construction and during its service life.

•   Describe the load path of typical mid-rise wood frame buildings and the issues that need to be addressed along the path.

•   Discuss the considerations that should be made regarding the selection of exterior cladding materials to be compatible with deflection.

•   Define the properties of a durable construction product.

•   Understand the diminishing performance of construction products during the service life of a building.

•   Understand the typical design concepts for providing fire protection.

•   Describe the shortcomings with current products and details used to provide fire protection.

•   Designing buildings for adequate protection by the local fire service.

•   Describe the “Four Ds” of exterior wall design.

•   Understand the design concepts of barrier, drainage and rain screen wall design.

•   Describe the various mechanisms of water damage to wood building components.

•   Describe the shortcomings with balcony and deck designs that are vulnerable to problems.

•   Understand the difference between building code minimum requirements and best practice.


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