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Fire Protection in Wood Buildings

Format On Demand: Article/Print
Offered by McGraw Hill Construction
Category Other

This CE course provides an overview of fire protection in wood buildings with a focus on compliance with the 2009 IBC, and is basedon the Code Conforming Wood Design Series developed by the American Wood Council and the International Code Council. Building fire safety incorporates a combination of passive and active features.

Wood construction offers economic, performance and environmentaladvantages not typically found with other structural materials. Wood is cost effective, versatile and adaptable. It's renewable andhas a light carbon footprint. It also has a proven record for safety, evidenced by its use not only in ninety percent of all U.S. home construction but in some of today's most innovative non-residential architecture.


Analyze fire protection in wood buildings in terms of compliance with the International Building Code (IBC) 2009.

Discuss the fundamentals of passive and active fire protection.

Determine allowable wood use in buildings in accordance with IBC 2009.

Describe provisions in the IBC for increasing the height and area of wood buildings beyond the base tabular amounts.

Identify and select tested fire-rated wood-frame assemblies or, to use non-listed assemblies, calculate the fire endurance of load bearing and non-load bearing wood assemblies using the Component Additive Method (CAM).

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CE Hours 1.0
AIA/CES (LU) 1.0