Load Path

Survey building code requirements for structural load paths for light frame wood construction. Participants are exposed to design considerations for gravity and uplift loads including connections. Specifically, by exploring load paths that are transferred from roof framing to walls, through floor cavities, and to the foundation. Typical failure modes and suggested repairs are discussed.

 Learning Objectives

 At the conclusion of this session, each attendee will be able to:
  • Correctly interpret prescriptive and performance-based building code requirements and the TPI 1 industry standard for structural load paths.
  • Discriminately compare as-built conditions with industry standards and building code requirements.
  • Accurately evaluate the adequacy of construction details to determine the need for corrective repairs.
  • Effectively formulate reasonable details and scope requirements for common construction defects.
For more information contact Melissa Gibson at melissagibson@constructionscience.org or (864) 647-1065


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