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Answering Your Deck Questions: A Panel Discussion with the Pros (DES301) - PM Session Only
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Answering Your Deck Questions: A Panel Discussion with the Pros (DES301) - PM Session Only

When: Thursday, June 25, 2020
1:55pm - 3:00pm Eastern. Education credits for 1 Hour of Instruction will be awarded.
Where: Complimentary Webinar
United States
Presenter: Matt Hunter, BCO; Loren Ross, PE from AWC and special guest, Mike Guertin
Contact: AWC Education

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DES301 - Answering Your Deck Questions: A Panel Discussion with the Pros

Do you have questions on deck design? Now’s the chance to ask the pros! Renowned deck expert Mike Guertin joins AWC’s Matt Hunter, BCO, and Loren Ross, PE for a panel discussion on all things deck construction. Topics covered will include relevant International Residential Code (IRC) references, AWC’s Design for Code Acceptance 6 (DCA6) – Prescriptive Residential Deck Construction Guide, and other relevant documents. Attendees are asked to come prepared with plenty of questions – in this new panel discussion format we are encouraging participants to engage with our experts and help guide the discussion!

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss deck load path code requirements and how to satisfy them
  2.  Recognize proper design and detailing of significant components 
  3.  Identify best construction practices outlined in DCA6
  4. Indicate relevant analysis requirements and code updates 
Education credits for 1 Hour of Instruction will be awarded.

Equivalencies: 1 Hour of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)

The PDF of the presentation will posted 24 hours before the webinar, and can be accessed here.

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MIKE GUERTIN. The only thing Mike Guertin likes better than building new homes is remodeling old ones. After 35 years tackling every facet of residential construction from excavation and foundations to interior finish work and tile setting, he’s still challenged every day to find more-efficient ways to build things better. Mike has written 3 books, over 200 magazine articles for the Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding, Professional Deck Builder and Tools of the Trade, and appears in dozens of videos. Mike has led hands-on building clinics and classroom presentations at JLC LIVE, the Remodeling Show, Deck Expo, International Builders Show, International Roofing Expo and other construction trade shows and events across North America for the past 24 years on topics from roofing, siding, framing and deck construction, to kitchen remodeling, and high performance building.

MATT HUNTER, BCO is thNortheasRegional Manager for the American Wood Council (AWC). His experience includeall phaseocommerciaanresidentialand development,buildininspectionplareview, and civil engineeringPrior to joining AWC, Matt was a Building Code Official, Sewage Enforcement Officer, wetland delineator, and civil engineering designer, draftsman, and field inspector for fifteen (15) years.  He earned his Bachelors of Science in Environmental Design from Delaware Valley College.  Matt has served various townships and boroughs throughout eastern Pennsylvania and has worked in the trades as a residential framing carpenter. He is currently a certified Building Code Official and holds a total of ten (10) International Code Council (ICC) and PA Labor and Industry certifications (including Commercial Energy Inspector).  He is an ICC member and is active in ICC Regions VI & VII and serves on theICC Sustainability Membership Council as well as the ICC Sustainability, Energy, and High-Performance Code Action Committee.  He is also a member of the ASTM E60 Committee of Sustainability and serves on the NFPA 5000 Building Systems (BLD-BSY) Committee.  Since joining AWC, Matt has provided extensive continuing education training and outreach on Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) and Mass Timber buildings to code and fire official organizations, as well as State and Federal entities like the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in Washington, DC.  He is an active duty Army veteran and Eagle Scout.

LOREN ROSS, PE joined the American Wood Council (AWC) staff in 2010, and currently serves as Manager of Engineering Research. Representing AWC, he works on energy issues and serves on ASHRAE 90.1, 90.2, and 189.1. He managed the updating of the newest edition of AWC’s Prescriptive Residential Deck Guide, DCA6 to the 2012 IRC. He was also the primary author of the structural chapter of the US CLT Handbook and one of the project leaders for the Handbook. Before working for AWC, he was with the Army Corp of Engineers at Fort Knox and PCS Structural Solutions in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated with his M.S. from Washington State University and his B.S. from BYU.

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