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S204
Calculating and designing Lateral Force Resistance Systems (LFRS) for Wind and Earthquake Forces in Light Frame Construction

George Thomas, PE & John Huang, PE

This course provides methods for evaluating the lateral resistance of individual subassemblies of the LFRS (i.e., shear walls and diaphragms) and the response of the whole building to lateral loads (i.e., load distribution). Traditional design approaches as well as innovative methods, such as the perforated shear wall design method, are integrated within this course. While the code approved methods have generally “worked,” there is considerable opportunity for improvement and optimization. The information and design examples presented at the end of this course provide a useful guide and resource that supplement existing building code provisions. Also, this course fosters a better understanding of the role of analysis versus judgment and in promoting a more efficient design.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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