Significant Changes to AWC’s 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS)

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The 2015 International Building Code references the 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (SDPWS) for lateral design of wood structures. This presentation highlights SDPWS requirements and significant changes that are applicable to seismic and wind design of wood structures. Wood-frame shear wall and diaphragm code issues are discussed including deflection equations, detailing requirements, and limitations on the use of wood in seismic design as well as some design examples.

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Speakers Michelle Kam-Biron
Duration 106
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Michelle Kam-Biron is a California licensed structural engineer and Senior Director of Education for the American Wood Council (AWC) where she is expanding continuing education resources for architects, engineers, and building officials as well as coordinating the development of university level wood design course. Before joining AWC, she worked for nearly five years in the wood industry as the Senior Technical Director

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