Significant Wood Design and Construction Changes to the 2018 IBC and NDS
by Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E., S.E.C.B.
March 20, 2019; 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM Pacific TimeSmall Business System Requirements FAQ Register
ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 16355
The 2018 International Building Code (IBC) published by the International Code Council and the National Design Specification® (NDS) for Wood Construction published by the American Wood Council are both now available. This presentation will provide an overview of the significant changes to wood design and construction provisions relative to previous editions and include design examples. Most of the changes in the NDS are a result of the adoption of the ASCE/SEI Standard 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures which includes increased wind loads.
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 – National Lead Mid-rise/Multi-family Construction for the Wood Products Council initiative WoodWorks. Ms. Kam-Biron has contributed to several published articles and white papers related to the use of structural wood. She also has over 20 years of experience managing and designing a wide range of projects of various structural materials as well as Division of State Architect contract plan review. Ms. Kam-Biron graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a BS in Architectural Engineering (ARCE) and has served on the ARCE Industry Advisory Council. She is a certified Earthquake Disaster Assessment volunteer and a member of the International Code Council. She also serves on the NCSEA Basic Wood Education Committee, is a Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California and the Chair ASCE-SEI Wood Education Committee.
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