After the Storm: Building for High Wind Resistance


Conference Schedule

"After the Storm: Building for High Wind Resistance"*   
Approved for 1.0 LU/HSW

10:15-11:15 AM CDT, Thursday, May 18, 2023
Speaker: Matt Brown, Engineered Wood Specialist, APA Engineered Wood Association

This program will discuss structural failures observed during storm damage assessments and the behavior of wood structures during high wind events. An overview of how high wind forces work, the importance of a complete load path, and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings. Both code requirements and APA’s above-code recommendations will be discussed.

These recommendations contribute to improved overall performance in the structural shell and address common failure modes seen during storm observations. Although developed independently from one another, APA’s recommendations are very similar to those imposed in Moore, OK, following the tornadoes that devastated that community. They focus on good connection details to tie together exterior walls, roofs, and floors and can help builders cost effectively build a safer home in tornado and high wind prone regions.

By understanding key code requirements and lateral load concepts, home damage in future storms can be minimized.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common failure modes using photographs from post-disaster evaluations.
  2. Understand the importance of a complete load path when designing and building for resiliency.
  3. Recognize the fundamental behavior of wood structures especially as it pertains to lateral loads from high wind events.
  4. Discusses preventive methods that can reduce the damage that occurs during high wind events utilizing additional connection detailing.
*In Illinois, beginning with the November 30, 2024, license renewal, and every renewal thereafter, the total continuing education hours under the Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) category shall include a minimum of one hour of programs, courses, or activities related to design practices that reflect improved understanding of high winds or natural disasters.
Section 1150.105 Continuing Education Requirements

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