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CRAN – Shear Walls & Lateral Bracing in Light Frame Construction
February 2

At the T.W. Perry Showroom, 9015 Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD.

This presentation will give designers the insight needed to set realistic client expectations when discussing the interplay of structural requirements and design possibilities. During the presentation, we will investigate the impact of wind and seismic loading on light frame structures, and how these forces are resisted in a structure; discuss selection criteria and the pros and cons of prescriptive vs. performance based (engineered design) solutions; and evaluate three code-approved pre-manufactured wall bracing equivalents that allow designers to maintain design flexibility while meeting code requirements.

Learning objectives:
1. Describe how wind and seismic forces are resisted in a structure, and the impact of design on a structure’s ability to resist these forces.
2. Discuss selection criteria.
3. Understand differences in philosophy between engineered solutions vs. prescriptive site-built walls.
4. Determine when prescriptive site-built, prescriptive pre-manufactured equivalents, or engineered solutions can be used to meet code mandated structural requirements.

A Capital Area CRAN event presented by Simpson Strong Tie, hosted by T.W. Perry and organized by the AIA Potomac Valley CRAN Committee.

1 HSW LU. Lunch will be provided. Free for AIA members, $25 for non-members. Register on the AIA Potomac Valley website.