The American Wood Council (AWC) and International Code Council have released a joint publication, 2015/2018 Structural Wood Design Examples, intended to aid in the structural design of wood buildings using both allowable stress design and load and resistance factor design. The document contains over 20 design examples and complete solutions for wood member design, connections, and shear walls. Solutions have been developed based on both the 2015 and 2018 National Design Specification® for Wood Construction, as well as AWC’s 2015 Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic, as appropriate.
The example problems included in this document range from the simple, such as determining adjustment factors, to more complicated topics such as designing beams, columns, members loaded in multiple directions, and shear wall design examples. This document is yet another tool designers and code officials have at their disposal to assist with wood design and construction.
This publication is an excellent resource for those interested in gaining a real-world understanding of the design of wood buildings. It also serves as an aid for students enrolled in engineering and architectural programs as well as those studying for their P.E. The new 2015/2018 Structural Wood Design Examples document can be downloaded free on the AWC website. Hard copies are also available for purchase through the Code Council store.