BUILDING CODES FOR BUILDING DECKS
Course 2 of 4


LEDGERS & LATERAL LOADS

Course Description


This course covers structural design criteria for decks, such as loading, design methods and lumber properties.  It continues with an in-depth review of ledger attachments, including how to handle various exterior cladding, flashing methods, and structural considerations. Lateral loads are also discussed in detail to provide a better understanding of what is required and how to provide it.
This class is complimented well with Decks – Down The Load Path, where details of the other structural members are explained.

This course is approximately 4 hours and approved for 0.4 Continuing Education Units (CEU) from the International Code Council.


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Length: Approximately 4 hours.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

  • Understand the limitations of the IRC’s prescriptive design criteria and when alternatives are necessary.
  • Comprehend the concept of a load path and how to determine the tributary load on a bearing point.
  • Realize the significance provisions related to the attachment of a deck ledger to a home.

Continuing Education Units: Approved for 0.4 Preferred Provider CEUs from the International Code Council (ICC).

Course Instructor: Glenn Mathewson, MCP

Code Edition(s): 2012 International Residential Code (updated course coming soon!)

Course Sessions:

  1. Loads
  2. Lumber properties
  3. Exterior cladding
  4. Flashing
  5. Ledger Attachment
  6. Concentrated loads
  7. Lateral displacement
  8. Lateral deformation
  9. Alternative ledgers

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