Designing for Earthquakes
This continuing education course provides an overview of seismic-resistive design issues in wood-frame buildings with a focus on compliance with the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and American Society of Civil Engineers/Structural Engineering Institute Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7-10). The information on code-conforming wood design contained in this course is based on the American Wood Council’s (AWC’s) 2015 National Design Specification® (NDS®) for Wood Construction, and 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS). The NDS and SDPWS are adopted by reference in the 2015 IBC.
- Discuss seismic-resistive design requirements for wood-frame buildings with a focus on compliance with the 2012 IBC and ASCE 7-10.
- Explain the analysis procedure commonly used for determining seismic design loads of wood-frame buildings in the U.S.
- Describe the two most common wood-frame seismic force-resisting systems.
- Describe the role of structural configuration and redundancy in seismic design.