Resilience is a key component of building design when addressing both seismic and wind design. Properly designed and constructed wood structures that comply with building code requirements are resilient, performing with minimal damage while protecting occupants during both seismic and high wind events.

This course will look at how wood-frame Lateral Force Resisting Systems (LFRS), that resist wind and seismic loads, can contribute to resistance in the built environment.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the role that wood’s structural configuration and redundancy play in enhancing resilient design.
  • Explain the analysis procedure commonly used for determining wind- and seismic-design loads for wood-frame buildings in accordance with the 2021 International Building Code (2021 IBC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-16).
  • Describe common wood-frame wind- and seismic force-resisting systems, in accordance with the Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) 2021 and the 2021 IBC.
  • Describe the techniques for strengthening wood buildings against high wind forces and seismic loads in accordance with building code requirements.

Pre-Requisite: Basic understanding of wood construction.