External Elevated Elements (EEE): Are You Sure That Your Balcony Is Safe?

External Elevated Elements (EEE): Are You Sure That Your Balcony Is Safe?

Elevated balconies have failed in shocking fashion with catastrophic results. No occupant thinks that their balcony could fail; people take building safety for granted and have every right to expect that a built structure will remain safe during normal service. Unfortunately, many balconies, exterior stairs, and other external elevated elements (EEEs) rely on wood structural elements that tend to degrade in the presence of water, fungal growth, or termite attack. In many cases, these wood structural elements are concealed by architectural finishes and are difficult to assess without partial deconstruction. Adding to these challenges, engineered lumber can retain moisture, increasing the potential for fungal growth and associated degradation. In this webinar, we will describe how EEEs can fail and explore case studies and an associated research program to help architects, engineers, and contractors reduce the risks associated with these wood-framed EEEs.


After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand EEEs and the risks they present when framed with engineered lumber.
  • Identify key conditions and characteristics of risky conditions associated with EEEs.
  • Recognize characteristic damage associated with fungal growth and its effects.
  • Discuss successful solutions to minimize the risks associated with wood-framed EEEs.

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 events@sgh.com to join our waitlist if the session is closed when you register. 

About the Speaker

Kevin Moore
Kevin Moore | Structural Engineering Region Head, West

Kevin is a nationally recognized structural engineer, with expertise in advanced analysis, design, and evaluation of buildings in high seismic regions and damaged wood, concrete, and steel buildings. He has evaluated more than 400 buildings in his career, and thousands of EEEs. As a lifelong Californian, Kevin has experience designing buildings and seismic retrofits that comply with some of the most stringent building code requirements in the country. Kevin also has expertise in structural steel design and construction, with unique experience working with special steel moment frames and buckling restrained braced frames. As a leader of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California, Kevin spearheaded the development of an endowment focused on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion within the structural engineering profession.