Fire Resistance Design for Wood Construction - A Primer for Structural Engineers
by Michelle Kam-Biron, P.E., S.E., S.E.C.B.
December 18, 2018; 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM Pacific TimeSmall Business System Requirements FAQ Register
ICC Preferred Provider Course Number: 13741
Typically, architects determine the size of the building and design fire protection systems, but structural engineers are becoming more involved in the fire protection design. Determining the proper code application for fire resistant wood frame assemblies and exposed wood structural members can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to mid- and low-rise wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floor/ceilings and roof/ceilings, interior and exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will also include design examples of fire-resistance design for exposed wood structural members will be provided.
- Apply approved methods and alternatives for establishing the fire resistance of wood building elements.
- Discuss the differences in the various requirements for interior and exterior walls, fire walls, fire barriers, and fire partitions, considering performance expectations, code requirements, and appropriate application.
- Understand the paths to achieving code-compliant, fire resistance-rated wood frame assemblies and exposed wood members as outlined by the 2015 IBC.
- Recognize important nuances in the various methods for demonstrating fire resistance including: tested assemblies, prescriptive designs, calculations, and engineering analysis.
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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