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Northeast Wood Design Symposium and Tour
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Northeast Wood Design Symposium and Tour

When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
8:15am - 6:30pm
Where: Doubletree by Hilton
363 Maine Mall Rd
Portland, Maine 
United States
Presenter: Matthew Hunter, AWC
Contact: Mary Schramka

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Code-Compliant Fire-Resistance Design for Wood Construction

Matthew M. Hunter, BCO, American Wood Council

Determining the proper code application for fire-resistant wood-frame assemblies and exposed wood structural members can be challenging and is often further complicated with increases in a project’s size and scale. In a building environment where the ability to maximize height and area is key to cost effectiveness, designers must understand the gamut of fire protection considerations applicable to wood structures. This presentation will include code requirements, compliance options and nuances related to assembly selection for required fire resistance-rated floors/ceilings and roofs/ceilings, interior and exterior walls, fire barriers, fire partitions, and fire walls. Topics will also include distinctions between fire-resistive elements for separation vs. type of construction.

Matthew M. Hunter, BCO, is the Northeast Regional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), which produces internationally recognized design standards for wood construction. Matt is a certified Building Code Official, and his role at AWC includes providing education related to mass timber buildings to code and fire official organizations, as well as state and federal agencies. His experience includes all phases of commercial and residential land development, building inspection, plan review, and civil engineering. Matt is a member of the ICC, holds nine ICC and Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry certifications, and serves as a governing member on the ICC Sustainability Membership Council. He is also a member of the ASTM E60 Committee on Sustainability, and an active duty Army veteran.


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