Scott D. Coffman, P.E., SECB

Errors in Substituting Dead Load for Live Load in Wood Design

Scott Coffman

Introduction Custom kitchens, with high-end appliances, granite countertops, and central islands, are becoming more and more prevalent in the home market today. These products and finishes are heavy and the dead loads from the central islands and/or cabinets positioned along interior...

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October 2018
Issue #10231
Page 48
Steve Mickley

What is a Building Designer?

Steve Mickley

Generally, building design refers to the broadly based architectural, engineering, and technical applications to the design of buildings. Therefore, all building projects require the services of a building designer. Statutorily, the required credentials of a building’s designer vary from...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 38
Frank Woeste. P.E.

When Fashion Affects Structure—Floor Design Considerations for Preventing Tile and Stone Cracks

Frank Woeste

Two kinds of designers are involved in home construction—design professionals responsible for the structure and the interior-focused designers responsible for the final appearance. Although these roles can overlap, it is important for design professionals to be aware of in-service demands...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 60

Construction Referees: Evaluation Processes for Alternative Building Products

Jeff Ellis

There are products used in many buildings that are not referenced by the codes or standards. These products can affect structural strength, stability, fire resistance and other building performance attributes, which can impact public safety, health and general welfare. The International Building...

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May 2018
Issue #10226
Page 96
Robert Glowinski

Mass Timber Making Progress

Robert Glowinski

The International Code Council (ICC) reviews and updates its family of building codes on a three-year cycle. The code change proposals that will be considered this year affect the fire provisions of the building (IBC) and fire (IFC) codes, and they have been publicly posted. These changes, if...

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April 2018
Issue #10225
Page 81
Joe Kannapell

New Codes are Coming

Joe Kannapell

With the New Year comes new International codes, IBC and IRC 2018 (referred to as the I-Codes), and fortunately, few changes to truss designs. These changes are the result of the revised design criteria contained in ASCE 7–16, which IBC 2018 relies upon. Very few jurisdictions will...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 6
Robert Glowinski

2018 Wood Design Standards Available Online

Robert Glowinski

The recent approval of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) is of keen interest to professionals in the construction industry as it often means expanded options for structural applications. In support of these two codes, the American Wood Council...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 70
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Wood Frame Construction Manual—a Valuable Structural Design Guide

Frank Woeste

While the International Residential Code (IRC) gives the structural requirements and prescriptive design data for residential framing, additional help for the non-engineer is available through the Wood Frame Construction Manual for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (WFCM) published by the American...

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January 2018
Issue #10222
Page 73

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