American Wood Council hosts free monthly webinars for code officials, architects, structural engineers, developers and others with an interest in wood building design.


Structures with ductile detailing, redundancy and regularity are favored for seismic force resistance. This structure includes repetitive wood framing and ductile nailed wood structural panel shear walls and diaphragms. Photo: VanDorp Chou Associates

2018 Wood Frame Construction Manual Changes – STD350

The Wood Frame Construction Manual (WFCM) for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (ANSI/AWC WFCM-2018) has been updated and is referenced in the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and 2018 International Residential Code (IRC). The 2018 WFCM uses gravity and lateral loads based on ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures. This presentation will provide an overview of the significant changes in the 2018 WFCM relative to the previous 2015 edition. The WFCM provides code officials and designers with time-saving tools based on engineered and prescriptive solutions (based on structural engineering principles) for wood structures to resist anticipated lateral and gravity loads.

Learning Objectives

  1. Be familiar with provisions of the 2018 WFCM and relevant references in the 2018 IRC and 2018 IBC
  2. Be familiar with changes to the 2018 WFCM and their impact
  3. Understand new wind provisions based on ASCE 7-16
  4. Understand the addition of deformed-shank fasteners and other criteria to address new wind load provisions

Equivalencies: 1.0 Hours of Instruction = 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEU) = 1 Professional Development Hours (PDH) = 1 Learning Units (LU)