Glenn Mathewson, City of Westminster. New to the 2015 IRC, decks are finally provided a nearly complete, prescriptive load path. Learn the guesswork that can be retired and the new techniques and provisions that can be employed. Decking, joists, beams and posts, as well as their various connections, are now addressed, and with a little understanding the provisions can be flexible for many design applications. Just as common as decks and just as unique in their construction, porch roofs pose many challenges to code administrators. Learn the specific differences between a ridge board and a ridge beam and the drastic differences in their load paths and components. While decks and porch roofs are often treated as simple structures, it’s usually because so much has been overlooked. Designers, contractors, permit techs, plan reviewers, inspectors, and building officials can all benefit from the information provided in this course.

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