The Timber Frame Engineering Council in 2019 issued the first edition of Guide to Structural Evaluation of Existing Timber Structures to provide guidance to engineers and investigators engaged in repair, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of older timber structural systems. Much of this guide is also directly applicable to evaluating reclaimed timbers that have been salvaged from older timber structures. While the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS) is a reliable standard for the structural design of new lumber and timber structures, it is not a good standard for predicting the actual behavior or adequacy of existing structures. This presentation will discuss this new guide, laying out acceptable practice for evaluation of existing structures and explaining why it is necessarily different than design of new lumber and timber structures. This approach enables the investigator to tap into the “hidden capacity” of the timber that accounts for the high level of performance of many timber structures.
- Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
- Diamond Review approved in all 50 states
- This webinar will not be available as a recording.