Load Guide update answers questions

Structural Building Components Association introduced version 1.03 of “The Load Guide for the Building Industry,” a significant revision.

In addition to a large number of general improvements, TLG v1.03 adds code requirements from the 2007 supplement to the International Building Code (IBC) 2006 and International Residential Code (IRC) 2006, along with new provisions of the 2009 IBC and IRC. Loading requirements from ASCE 7-05, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures are also included.

Focusing on floor, roof and dead loads, TLG is a series of Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, free to the public, designed to help users understand, define and specify all the loads that should be applied to the design of structural building components. In addition to allowing users to calculate loads specific to a given building project, the spreadsheet includes reference materials and commentary so that determining the applied loads is easier to understand.

The guide provides calculation worksheets that define loading criteria that have been agreed upon for loading a specific building component. Sheets can be printed or saved in an electronic portable document format (pdf) and added to project documentation.

TLG provides the code and/or standards-based requirements for determining design loads specifically for metal plate connected wood trusses and related structural building components.

For information on The Load Guide, click here 

CSI plans annual revision program for MasterFormat

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is introducing a new annual revision process for maintaining and updating MasterFormat.

 MasterFormat, a product of CSI and Construction Specifications Canada (CSC), organizes construction documents for commercial and institutional building projects in the U.S. and Canada. 

The MasterFormat revision process will continue to be conducted by the MasterFormat Maintenance Task Team (MFMTT), a committee of volunteers appointed by CSI, CSC and MasterFormat Sponsors. The MFMTT’s annual revision review workshop will take place in late July and results from that meeting announced in September.

MasterFormat facilitates communication among architects, engineers, specifiers, contractors, suppliers and other consultants, and helps them meet building owners’ requirements, time lines and budgets. MasterFormat is designed to reduce costly changes or delays in projects due to incomplete or missing information.

Leadership Academy boosts women’s career options

NCCER and the National Association of Women in Construction will host the third annual Women’s Leadership Academy on June 27-30 at The Nature Place in Florissant, Colo.
 The academy targets business owners, education directors, office managers, training coordinators, or others interested in learning how to be more effective leaders. Three days of intense training sessions are geared toward topics such as powerful language skills, gender-based power in business leadership styles, negotiating techniques, time management, productivity and conflict resolution. 
Tuition is $1,495 and includes lodging, all meals, course materials and airport transportation. Participants receive continuing education units and industry-recognized credentials from NCCER’s National Registry.

For registration information, click here.

OSHA revises field operations manual to boost enforcement

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Field Operations Manual to give OSHA compliance officers  an updated resource for implementing the agency’s mission to protect employees from occupational injuries, illnesses and fatalities.

The manual is offered as a resource for workers and employers on how OSHA expects workplaces to be safe and healthful, and serves as OSHA’s general enforcement policy and procedures for conducting inspections, issuing citations and proposing penalties.

The manual assists in scheduling and conducting inspections, enforcing regulations and encouraging continual improvement in workplace safety and health. It also offers guidance on how to inform employers about OSHA’s free On-Site Consultation Service and compliance assistance.

The manual is available online at: www.osha.gov/OshDoc/Directive_pdf/CPL_02-00-148.pdf.

Wood construction engineering is focus of October event

Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke, Va., is the setting for a Wood Construction Engineering course on October 5-6. This Virginia Tech course offers wood design professionals many frequently faced topics that require background data and references which are not readily accessible.

The primary audience is registered design professionals, residential designers, truss and framing designers, building code professionals, and general contractors that want to expand their general knowledge of wood as a building material and their knowledge of building design beyond the introductory level.

Manufacturers and suppliers of building products used in the construction of wood-frame buildings may also benefit by the in-depth discussion of wood material properties and wood building design issues that impact the performance of wood buildings in-service.

For course details and registration,  visit  www.cpe.vt.edu/sdww/.

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