SE-009 Lateral Force Resistance in Residential Buildings: 6 PDH
Description of the Lateral Force Resistance in Residential Buildings course
The Lateral Force Resistance in Residential Buildings 6 hour PDH online course is a part of the Structural category courses. This course provides guidelines and methodology for designing the lateral force resisting system in residential buildings. The objectives in designing a building’s lateral resistance to wind and earthquake forces are to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public by minimizing risk to life that can potentially result from both structural and nonstructural damage.
In light-frame construction, the lateral-force-resisting system (LFRS) comprises shear walls, diaphragms, and their interconnections to form a whole-building system that may behave differently from the sum of its individual parts. In fact, shear walls and diaphragms are themselves sub-assemblies of many parts and connections; thus, designing an efficient LFRS system is perhaps the greatest challenge in the structural design of light-frame buildings.
One key component of a viable lateral design is ensuring that the load path is provided from the roof down through the walls and floor diaphragms into the foundation and eventually the soil. This can be more difficult when shear walls are not stacked directly on top of one another, necessitating hardware and specific details to drag shear to parts of the building that are designed to resist lateral forces. In part, the challenge results from the lack of any single design methodology or theory that provides reasonable predictions of complex, large-scale system behavior in conventionally built or engineered light-frame buildings. At times, current design methods depart significantly from observations of system testing or field experience. The desire for open floor plans, two-story foyers, great rooms, and large windows common in modern homes creates a challenge in locating and designing the elements of the LFRS.
This course is based on Chapter 6 of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development document “Residential Structural Design Guide”, Second Edition.
This course is intended for use by civil and structural engineers, design and construction professionals, students and others interested in learning about lateral force resistance in residential building.
Upon completion of this course, you will be able to explain and will gain the following knowledge and skills:
- List and explain lateral force resisting system design steps and terminology
- Explain the difference between flexible and rigid diaphragm and where it should be used
- Design floor diaphragms
- Explain how shear walls should be designed in residential buildings
- Explain the three different methods to LFRS design: tributary area method, total shear approach and relative stiffness approach
- Describe portal frame and moment frame LFRS
- Work through the full design of the LFRS for a residential building
Refunds and Cancellation Policies
The course is accepted by the Professional Engineering boards in states listed on this page. In an unlikely case the course is not accepted by the board listed on this page, we will refund the full payment and will pay for you to take another course of equivalent monetary and PDH / CEU value. For complete list of courses related to Structural Engineering please click here.
Length of the Course / Activity
This course is intended to be studied at self-pace and it should take on average of 6 hour to read and be able to comprehend the material to successfully past the online quiz
To receive the certificate of completion for the above 6 PDH online course, you will need to take a 30 question multiple choice quiz based on the reference material supplied and pass with minimum score of 70%. There is no time limit for the quiz and it can be taken multiple times until a passing score of 70% is achieved
Certificate of Completion
Once you achieve a passing score of 70% on the quiz you will receive and be able to print your Certificate of Completion as a record of your continuing education. PDH Star will keep a record of your certificate for the duration as required by your state of licensure. You will be able to log on to your account and view and print your past Certificate of Completion
This course is accepted in all states mandating continuing education:
AK, AL, AR, DE, FL, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, VT, WI, WV, and WY
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- Lectures 1
- Quizzes 1
- Duration 6 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 10
- Certificate Yes
- Assessments Self
SE-009 Lateral Force Resistance in Residential Buildings