2012 IBC Wood-framed Shear Walls

Course Title 2012 IBC Wood-framed Shear Walls
Contact Hours3
Duration3 hours
Education CategoryStandard
ObjectivesUpon completion, participants will be better able to:
  • Understand whether a wall is a prescriptive braced wall or engineered shear wall
  • Identify code requirements and referenced standards applicable to shear wall design
  • Identify typicalwood framed shear walls
  • Analyze a typical shear wall design – does it meet code and standard requirements?
  • Identify connections to floor or roof and foundation
  • Determine whether connections are of sufficient size to transfer loads
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DescriptionThis course discusses the purpose of shear walls and reviews their design and use in light-frame wood construction using the 2012 International Building Code® (IBC®), 2008 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic (2008 SDPWS) and 2012 National Design Standard® (NDS®). Topics include shear wall design, diaphragms, chords, collectors and anchorage, and determining when prescriptive braced wall panels vs. engineered shear walls are used.