SE-008 Wood Framing for Residential Construction

SE-008 Wood Framing for Residential Construction

Wood Framing for Residential Construction

This Wood Framing for Residential Construction course is part of our Structural Course Category and provides guidance on above-grade structural systems in wood residential construction. The residential construction material most commonly used above grade in the United States is light-frame wood; therefore, this course focuses on structural design that specifies standard dimension lumber and structural wood panels (that is, plywood and oriented strand board [OSB] sheathing).

Many elements of a home work together as a system to resist lateral and axial forces imposed on the above-grade structure and transfer them to the foundation. The above-grade structure also helps resist lateral soil loads on foundation walls through connection of floor systems to foundations. The issue of system performance, therefore, is most critical in the above-grade assemblies of light-frame homes. This course discusses system-based design principles within the context of simple engineering approaches that are familiar to designers.

The design of the above-grade structure discussed in this course includes:

  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Roofs

This course is based on Chapter 5 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 wood framing in residential construction.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the Wood Framing for Residential Construction course, you will be able to:

  • Describe material types and properties used in wood construction
  • Perform structural evaluation and design for strength and serviceability
  • Design floor framing
  • Design wall framing
  • Design Roof framing
  • Explain step by step the design process for wood frame structural elements

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