Atlanta Building News
October 29, 2013

Advanced Tornado Resistance and Improved Thermal Performance in Canton at the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce

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Did you know that for less than $600 you can enhance your structure for improved performance in resisting tornadoes?

The use of enhanced framing techniques is on the rise due to adoption of more stringent energy codes as well as for enhanced structural resistance during natural disasters. The overall strength and thermal performance may be optimized through mindful framing techniques that add very little or no cost to a home’s construction. This short session will provide a top-to-bottom overview of thermally enhanced and wind resistant framing methods for wood framed structures including new publications by APA, the Advanced Framing Construction Guide, and Building for High Wind Resistance – both available for free download at . Common failure modes will be illustrated using photographs from APA post-disaster evaluations including the APA Special Report: Tornadoes of the South, a report illustrating building failures in 2011 North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama tornadoes, also available on the APA website.

Bryan Readling, P.E will facilitate this session. Bryan is a structural engineer, lecturer, and author representing APA in Charlotte, NC. In over 21 years representing APA, Bryan has observed more than 250 call-backs related to improper installation of engineered wood products and is frequently involved in damage assessment after hurricanes and tornadoes. He has appeared on television programs including Bob Vila’s Home Again, is a member of the FEMA – Mitigation Assessment Team, and the American Association for Wind Engineering. He has written feature articles for JLC, Fine Homebuilding, and Buildermagazine. Bryan is a registered professional engineer and received a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from Clemson University. Before joining APA in 1990, Bryan worked as a consulting structural engineer in Atlanta.

Cost: $30 Greater Atlanta HBA Member, $40 Other HBA Member, $50 Non-member

Cont. Ed: 3 CPHB, 3 GA Bldr License

Click here to register to attend. Call 678-775-1469 or e-mail with any questions.

Interested in sponsoring this class? Contact Amanda Mathis at 678-775-1469 for details.


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