May Chapter Meeting and Seminar

  • May 09, 2018
  • 10:30 AM - 2:15 PM
  • San Marcos Activity Center


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Tall Wood Buildings
Is this the Future?

Location Details: 
San Marcos Activity Center
501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX

Program: The technology of wood products used in construction has changed significantly in recent years.  Cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other methodologies have greatly increased the load-carrying capability of wood products, and the mass of these products provides a degree of inherent fire resistance.  These attributes have opened the door to constructing wood buildings that are taller than what we've seen in the past.

In 2016, the ICC Board of Directors approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to explore the building science associated with construction of tall wood buildings, with the scope being to investigate the feasibility of and take action to develop code changes for tall wood buildings, if the building science suggests this is appropriate. Since that time, ICC's Tall Wood Building (TWB) ad hoc committee has reviewed volumes of material regarding tall wood buildings, including results of testing from around the world and domestic studies. The TWB developed its own test scenarios to investigate the technical merit of proposed code changes, and this testing was carried out at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF) laboratory.  

Eventually, TWB developed and submitted a comprehensive set of technically-substantiated code changes for consideration during the 2018 Group A code development process. These changes include creation of new construction Types, Type IV-A, Type IV-B and Type IV-C and associated code provisions.

This program will bring attendees up to date with the latest wood product technologies, case examples of tall wood buildings, and proposed changes to the International Building Code (IBC) that are currently processing, including the outcome of these proposals as a result of the ICC Committee hearings in April 2018.

Speaker: Sam Francis, American Wood Council.  Mr. Francis currently serves as Senior Director for National Programs for AWC.  He previously worked as AWC's Regional Director covering the northeastern United States.  He has a Master's Degree in Engineering Science from Miami University and is a CABO certified building official with nearly 20 years of experience as a building code official. He also served on the Ohio Construction Industry Certification Board and the National Construction Code Inspector Certification Program Test Preparation Committee.

Mr. Francis has been very active with model code organizations. He has served on various committees with ASHRAE, ICC, NFPA and BOCA, as well as several state committees in the Northeast. He is a member of NFPA 1, NFPA 101, NFPA 5000 TCC/BLC/FIR, NFPA 664 and NFPA Fire Test committees. In addition, Sam serves as a member of the ICC Code Development Committee for the International Fire Code (IFC) and the Tall Wood Building Ad Hoc Committee. Previously, he was a member of the International Building Code (IBC) General Code Development Committee and the IBC Fire Safety Code Development Committee.

Internationally, Mr. Francis has been a member of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) representing the United States to the International Standards Organization (ISO) for the Technical Committee 92, Subcommittee 4: Fire Safety Engineering, and Technical Committee 59, Subcommittee 17: Sustainability.

He an experienced instructor on subjects related to codes and code development and is the author of numerous articles and publications on various building regulation subjects.

Registration Fee (includes lunch and refreshments):

Prepaid Online - Member: $25
Prepaid Online - Non-member: $30
At Door - Member/Non-Member: $40
Registration & Social 10:00-10:30

Program Part 1: 10:30-12:00
Lunch 12:00-12:45
Program Part 2: 12:45-2:15

RSVP DEADLINE IS 5:00 P.M. on May 4, 2018.  Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.