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Deck Codes and Lateral Loads

Deck Codes & Lateral Loads


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Description: The IRC provides two optional methods for resisting deck lateral loads pulling on a house, but they aren’t based on the actual design of the deck.  Though a good start to addressing something long overlooked, connections alone, are not a lateral load design.  Imagine a braced wall panel on a house with hold-down anchors but no bracing.  This course gets well outside the code to discuss deck lateral loads and help reveal what should be considered in design.  Learn what the code provides for deck lateral design and what it doesn’t.

Objectives: Upon completion, attendees will…

  • Understand what brought deck lateral load connections into the 2009 IRC.
  • Discover what’s missing in deck lateral load design and ideas to provide it.
  • Be introduced to the fundamental concepts of deck lateral design and research that was conducted on the subject.
  • Realize the need to evaluate the overall deck design when evaluating lateral load design.

Code Edition: 2021 International Residential Code

Length: 90 minutes.

Schedule: This webinar is presented in one 90-minute session

    May 19th, 2022, Pacific time

  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Approved Continuing Education Units:
0.15 Preferred Provider CEU from The International Code Council (ICC)
1.5 HSW LU from The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Instructor: Glenn Mathewson, MCP.  Click here to learn more about Glenn.

ONLY $23
May 19th


5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Pacific Time

Minimum Code for Budget Decks

Minimum Code for Budget Decks


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Description: The International Residential Code is the “minimum” standard of construction.  A better understanding of this minimum allows for “above code” practices to be more well recognized, but it also allows for consumers on the lower end of budget to still safely enjoy their homes.  Learn some tips and tricks straight from the code that can keep basic deck construction affordable.  Do you really need all that metal hardware and double-ply beams?  Do you have to fill the entire hole with concrete?  Building to the minimum allows more people the chance for a backyard deck and summer barbecues, and there is nothing shameful about that.

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, attendees will…

  • Learn what metal hardware is optional.
  • Recognize the value of affordable construction and how it equates with safety.
  • Discover how to utilize joist and beam cantilevers to maximize area and minimize material.

Code Edition: 2018 International Residential Code

Length: 90 minutes.

Schedule: This webinar is presented in one 90-minute session.

    June 2nd, 2022, Eastern time

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Approved Continuing Education Units:
0.15 Preferred Provider CEU from The International Code Council (ICC)
1.5 HSW LU from The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Instructor: Glenn Mathewson, MCP.  Click here to learn more about Glenn.

ONLY $23
June 2nd


10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Eastern Time

The Most Prescriptive Post

Decks: The Most Prescriptive Post


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Description: Until recently, 4×4 posts were used to support decks with little thought to how much they carried or how tall they were.  The 2015 IRC shocked many with a maximum 8 ft. height and the 2018 continued the chaos with a limit that appeared to go down further down.  Finally, in the 2021 edition, the post sizing table is all grown up and ready to accurately size deck support posts based on the deck design.  Other new provisions were added for post connections, but they aren’t as precise as the code so specifically presents them to be.  Learn the details and the design behind the new 2021 post provisions.

Objectives: Upon completion, attendees will…

  • Understand the evolution of the post sizing table from the 2015 IRC to the 2021 IRC.
  • Be comfortable utilizing and approving the 2021 IRC for post sizing as an alternative to previous editions.
  • Realize how the 2021 IRC can be used to size posts for two-level decks and porch roofs.
  • Discover the reality behind the specific post-to-beam provisions in the IRC.

Code Edition(s): 2021 International Residential Code

Length: 90 minutes.

Schedule: This webinar is presented in one 90-minute session.

    July 7th, 2021, Eastern time

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Approved Continuing Education Units:
0.15 Preferred Provider CEU from The International Code Council (ICC)
1.5 HSW LU from The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Instructor: Glenn Mathewson, MCP.  Click here to learn more about Glenn.

ONLY $23
July 7th


10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Eastern Time