High-Performing, Resilient, Wood-Framed Roofs | BDC University
Designing for storm resistance to meet code requirements and reduce insurance costs
Wood-framed construction is the predominant method of building homes in the United States and has gained steady acceptance in light commercial and industrial buildings. The inherent strength of wood framing, its cost-effectiveness, and energy efficiency have all been borne out over hundreds of years of use. Building code changes, environmental sustainability, and homeowner interest in higher building performance are a few factors placing new demands on this popular approach to framing. Most recently, resiliency in buildings has become a priority, particularly in areas prone to severe weather.
The not-for-profit Resilient Design Institute defines resiliency as “the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain or regain functionality and vitality in the face of stress or disturbance. It is the capacity to bounce back after a disturbance or interruption.” In response to these changing needs, building professionals are adopting new products and practices to strengthen wood-framed buildings, with a particular focus on roofs. This course will focus on some of the changing considerations in the design, basic construction anatomy, and best practices that can lead to high-performance, resilient, wood-framed roof construction.
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