Wood Solutions Fairs are FREE multi-faceted, day-long educational events on the use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.
Attendees can earn up to 6 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits (one per attended seminar). AIA/CES forms and professional development certificates will be available on site.
Code Compliant Fire Resistance Design for Wood Construction
Michelle Kam-Biron, PE, SE, SECB, American Wood Council
Determining the proper code application for wood-frame fire assemblies can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceiling assemblies, exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. class of construction.
Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she oversees and develops continuing educational resources related to structural wood for architects, engineers, and code officials. She has authored several articles and white papers related to wood construction and has over 20 years of experience managing, designing and plan reviewing a wide range of projects of various structural materials. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering, is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She also volunteers her time on the NCSEA Basic Wood Education and CALBO Structural Safety Committees, is Chair of ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee, SEAOC Director and a SEAOSC Past-President.