Friday, October 23, 2020
Eastern: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Central: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Mountain: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Pacific: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Online Zoom Webinar
Participants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for attending the live webinar. Registration is free. Please note that space is limited – email firstname.lastname@example.org to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register.
ABOUT THE EVENT
Recent failures of an existing balcony and exterior stair in California caused several casualties. The investigations following these collapses identified deteriorated structural components in exterior elevated elements (EEEs) – including balconies, stairways, and walkways – that should have received special design consideration and inspection scrutiny. Leading industry organizations helped to create regulatory changes in the California Building Code in 2017 for designing new EEEs, but these changes do not identify and eliminate risk associated with existing elements. EEEs in residential multifamily and condominium buildings present a particularly high risk for failure considering their typical detailing and construction materials. With this information, California legislators issued new laws that require periodic EEE inspections and reporting by qualified professionals. However, these issues are not confined to California.
In this webinar, we will discuss issues discovered during the investigations of these seminal failures and describe the resulting building code changes, jurisdictional programs, and similar conditions that might lead to further changes in regulations or laws. We will also review vulnerable building types, materials, and EEE elements – including waterproofing systems, framing materials, and construction processes – and describe what an inspection of these structures should entail.
After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:
- Appreciate challenges associated with proper design of waterproofing and structural systems for EEEs.
- Carefully consider using engineered lumber in conditions that could potentially receive construction wetting.
- Understand vulnerabilities related to construction wetting and engineered lumber.
- Discuss investigation techniques applied by qualified professionals to assess these structures.
Kevin S. Moore, S.E. | Senior Principal
Kenneth A. Klein, P.E. | Senior Principal