Robert Glowinski

Enhancing Product Neutrality in Building Energy Codes

Robert Glowinski

The wood products industry has taken great leaps in generating greater awareness regarding the advantages of wood products in construction; however, people often overlook wood’s good performance in building energy efficiency. With pressure mounting to combat carbon emissions and reduce the...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 92
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: IBC Balcony Changes Spur “Best Practice” Design Recommendations

Frank Woeste

Because of their limited structural redundancy and exposure to weather, cantilevered balconies require special attention by design professionals, contractors, permitting and inspection departments, and owners in-service. As shown in the photos, modern wood-framed, multi-family projects often...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 60
Robert Glowinski

AWC Releases 2015 Deck Guide in Spanish

Robert Glowinski

Spring is upon us. Construction is ramping up nationwide. And, as we get ready to spend more time in our favorite outdoor spaces and decks, we must ensure they are safe for gatherings with family and friends. Just in time for the nicer weather, and the influx of construction workers, the...

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April 2019
Issue #11237

Choosing Resiliency: Lessons from Hurricane Michael

Doug Allen

Doug Allen, P.E., a structural engineer with Simpson Strong-Tie, looks at the choice homeowners in disaster-prone areas face between simply building to code and building to standards of resilience or IBHS FORTIFIED Home™ standards instead. Resilience, or resiliency: The capacity to...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 90
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Addressing the Roof Truss Design Note: “Provide adequate drainage to prevent water ponding.”

Frank Woeste

The purpose of this article to examine the significance and implementation of a typical note that appears on metal plate connected roof-truss drawings when a top-chord-pitch of ¼:12 or less is specified by the Construction Documents. Three questions will be addressed: What is the...

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January 2019
Issue #11234
Page 46
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
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
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
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Evaluating an Existing Residential Deck

Frank Woeste

Since 2003, deck researchers and representatives of the code community have worked to improve and expand the deck provisions in the International Residential Code (IRC). I believe the deck-related provisions of the 2015 IRC, coupled with best practices in the American Wood Council DCA6-2012,...

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August 2017
Issue #10217
Page 66
Glenn Traylor

When I Cut My Lumber, Do I Affect the Lumber Grade?

Glenn Traylor

As a general rule, when you cut lumber to length, the lumber grade is unchanged. In those cases, care should be taken to transfer that grade verification along with the cut lumber. This can be done with a lumber crayon, segregation, tagging, or many other suitable ways. Ripping lumber,...

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April 2017
Issue #10213
Page 30

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