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West Virginia Code Officials Spring Seminar
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West Virginia Code Officials Spring Seminar

3/9/2017 to 3/10/2017
When: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Where: Stonewall Jackson Resort
940 Resort Dr
Roanoke, West Virginia  26447
United States
Contact: Mike Monaghan

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West Virginia Code Association Spring Seminar

Day 1 (6 hours)

                  DCA 6-Prescriptive Wood Deck Construction Guide (1.5 hours) – BCD 303

DCA6 has been updated to include guidance on provisions for the 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) pertaining to single level residential wood deck construction. Provisions contained in this document that are not included in the IRC are considered good practice recommendations. This webinar will provide an overview of DCA 6 along with its Commentary and Appendices and include several examples showing application of the deck guide.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Identify changes to DCA6-2012.
Identify minimum prescriptive wood deck requirements.
Describe deck construction including wood members and fasteners.
Discuss provisions in DCA6 commentary and provide other resources.

2015 Code Conforming Wood Design (1.5 hours) – BCD 420

Based on the popular Code Conforming Wood Design (CCWD), a joint publication of the American Wood Council (AWC) and the International Code Council (ICC), this presentation concisely summarizes the 2015 IBC for commercial and multi-family residential construction. It will explain the determination of maximum building size for eight common use groups using the new height and area tables of the 2015 IBC and pre-calculated tables provided in the CCWD. It will also address establishing fire resistance for wood assemblies and heavy timber; special provisions for pedestal buildings; criteria for finishes, appendages, and other wood features; the scoping of referenced wood design standards; an overview of structural provisions in Chapter 23; and requirements for precautions during construction.

Upon completion, participants will be better able to:

Apply 2015 IBC provisions for building size limits when wood is used as the primary structural element for buildings within its scope.
Identify IBC methods for establishing fire resistance of wood assemblies and elements.
Identify IBC requirements for fire precautions during construction.
Apply IBC provisions for the use of wood in finishes and trim; in building appendages such as balconies; in noncombustible construction types; and in other building features.
Locate the fundamental IBC structural provisions for wood design and identify the IBC-referenced wood design standards.

EWPs-Engineered Wood Products (1 hour) – MAT 210

This course is an introduction to the ever-growing family of traditional and engineered wood products (EWP). Products covered are lumber, glued-laminated timber (glulam), cross-laminated timber, structural composite lumber, wood I-joists, and wood structural panels. The standards that form the basis for the manufacture and development of design stresses for each product are discussed as well as design provisions included in AWC's National Design Specification (NDS) for Wood Construction. Unique characteristics for each product are highlighted and extensive examples of the use of these products in a wide range of building applications are presented.

On completion of this course, participants will:

Be familiar with the ever-growing family of traditional and engineered wood products (EWP's) and their unique characteristics, including: lumber,glued-laminated timber (glulam), cross laminated timber (CLT), structural composite lumber, wood I-joists, plywood, and oriented strand board
Be familiar with the standards that form the basis for the manufacture, development of design stresses, and design procedures for each product.
Be knowledgeable about the use of these products through examples of a wide range of building applications. 
Be familiar with the resources that are available to obtain more information.

Designing for Permanence (1 hour) – DES 125

When properly designed, wood frame structures will resist damage by moisture and living organisms. Recommendations for control of moisture and protection against decay and insect infestations are contained in AWC's Design of Wood Frame Structures for Permanence, WCD No. 6. Protection of wood frame structures to provide maximum service-life involves four methods of control, which can be handled by proper design and construction: (1) control moisture content of wood, (2) provide effective termite controls, (3) use of durable materials such as naturally durable or preservative treated wood, and (4) quality assurance

Upon completion participants of this course, participants will:

Understand conditions necessary for wood-destroying organisms to thrive.
Understand construction techniques that prevent moisture intrusion into wood-framed structure including code-required clearances, site drainage, and correct placement of moisture barriers.
Understand remedies for improper design and construction.
Be knowledgeable about preservative treated wood and naturally durable species, grading issues, and tips on preventing moisture-related insect and fungal attack.

Fire Resistance for Wood Construction (1 hour) – BCD220

Determining proper code applications for designing for fire-resistance in wood-frame construction can be challenging. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options, and nuances related to fire-resistance rated assemblies, fire design of exposed wood members, and flame-spread performance of wood products. Included will be design examples for calculating fire-resistance for exposed wood members and the component additive method for assemblies.

Upon completion participants of this course, participants will:

Apply approved methods and alternatives for establishing the fire-resistance of wood building elements.
Identify some distinguishing characteristics of fire-resistance rated exterior walls, fire walls, fire barriers, and fire partitions.
Understand the basic fire-resistance design procedures for wood frame assemblies and certain exposed wood members.
Understand code requirements for flame spread performance of wood products.

Day 2 (3 hours)

2015 WFCM (Wood Frame Construction Manual Changes) and 115 mph High Wind Example – (2 hours) – STD 333

Engineering concepts from the 2015 Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM), used to develop the 2015 WFCM High Wind Guides, will be covered, along with updates on changes to the 2015 WFCM. The WFCM and High Wind Guides provide designers with time-saving tools using prescriptive solutions (based on structural engineering principles) for wood structures to resist anticipated wind loads. Example problems showing how to apply tabular solutions offered in the High Wind Guide will also be presented.

Upon completion participants of this course, participants will:

Be familiar with provisions of the 2015 WFCM and High Wind Guides and relevant references in the 2015 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2015 International Building Code. 
Be familiar with changes in the 2015 WFCM and how they impact structural design.
Understand how roof, floor, and wall assemblies and connections interact as part of a wind uplift and lateral force resisting system.
Understand how to appropriately apply tables in both the WFCM and High Wind Guides to determine prescriptive minimums.

New Tall Wood Program (1 hour) – DES 600

Cross-laminated timber (CLT) has been in use worldwide for over 15 years, but most notably in Europe. Building with CLT has increased in popularity for many reasons including: just-in-time fabrication and job site delivery, speed and efficiency in construction, reduced job site noise and on-site labor force, substitution of high embodied materials with a renewable resource that sequesters carbon, and creating a living or work space that has the aesthetics of exposed wood. 

Now, with the recent introduction of CLT in the 2015 National Design Specification® for Wood Construction (NDS®) and the 2015 International Building Code, it has opened up an exciting new chapter in wood construction.  The use of CLT alone or in combination with other mass timber elements, such as glued-laminated timber (GLT), nail-laminated timber (NLT), or structural composite lumber (SCL), is becoming more common in buildings complying with the current code.  There is also an effort underway by the International Code Council (ICC) to recognize the use of mass timber elements in taller, combustible construction through the work of the ICC Tall Wood Ad Hoc Committee. This presentation will provide an introduction to CLT including relevant design standards and code references. Examples of various mass timber buildings around the world will be provided and potential future code provisions relating to mass timber will also be discussed.

Upon completion participants of this course, participants will:

Define cross-laminated timber.
Identify code and standard updates relevant to CLT and other mass timber elements.
Be aware of notable mass timber structures around the world.Understand how wood performs in fire conditions.
Learn about current tall wood building code developments and resources.


Matthew M. Hunter, BCO, SEO is the Northeast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces internationally recognized design standards for wood construction.  His work experience includes all phases of commercial and residential land development, building inspection, plan review, municipal engineering, and consulting.  Prior to joining the AWC, Matt was a Building Code Official, Sewage Enforcement Officer, and civil engineering designer, draftsman, and field inspector with Pennoni Associates, Inc. Consulting Engineers for fifteen (15) years.  Matt has served various townships and boroughs throughout eastern Pennsylvania and has also worked in the trades as a residential framing carpenter and custom deck builder.

After four (4) years of active duty both stateside and overseas with the United States Army, Matt earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design at Delaware Valley College.  He is a certified Building Code Official through the Department of Labor and Industry in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and is both a commercial and residential building inspector and holds a total of eight (8) ICC certifications.  He is a current member of the Pennsylvania Association of Building Code Officials (PABCO) and Pennsylvania Building Officials Conference (PENNBOC).  He is currently the Chairman of the Upper Milford Township Planning Commission in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania.  He is also an Eagle Scout and an active adult leader and volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America.

Lori graduated from Penn State University with a BS in Civil Engineering, and from Clemson University with an MS in Civil Engineering. Upon graduating from Clemson, Lori was employed as a forensic structural engineer with SK&A in suburban Washington, DC. She then enrolled at Virginia Tech where she earned a Master of Forestry degree in the Department of Wood Science and Forest Products (now called the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials). Her research at Virginia Tech involved connections for fall-protection harnesses for residential roofers and construction workers. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Lori joined the American Wood Council in Leesburg, VA. Her work as Manager of Educational Outreach at AWC includes handling helpdesk inquiries, outreach and educational opportunities, and other technology transfer activities regarding the use of wood in safe and sustainable buildings. She is a licensed PE in Virginia. 


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