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Better Building

As part of its continuing public outreach efforts the Department of Planning is partnering with industry representatives in presenting a new three part lecture series focusing on best practices, particularly roof trusses, framing and uplift connections installation.

"One of the main duties of the Department of Planning, is ensuring the building of robust and more specifically high wind-resistant structures. This process of course starts from the design stage and through this lecture series we hope to engage contractors, architects, engineers and self-builders so everyone can be in compliance with the building code through all phases of development," explained Director of Planning, Haroon Pandohie.

The free lecture series consists of three events: The first, scheduled for 13 June 2012, will address some common industry misconceptions around trusses, roof framing, uplift values and hurricane anchors. This workshop will also highlight appropriate design and installation techniques for trusses and roof framing; cover the required uplift values and help with the selection and installation of appropriate hurricane anchors.

The second event will be held on 27 June 2012 in partnership with USP and Cox Lumber. Entitled USP Wind Design and Connections Seminar this tutorial will cover a range of topics including how load values are achieved; high wind probability and design wind speeds and code requirements. Participants will also be presented with several case studies on past natural disasters.

The final lecture in the series is planned for 17 July 2012. Facilitated by Simpson Strong Tie and AL Thompsons, it will focus on wind resistant design and construction. Other topics include design criteria updates, effects of wind and wind damage, roof fastening and anchorage as well as special and wind resistant connectors.

"This is an invaluable opportunity to get updates as well as learn more about industry best practices when it comes to building high-wind resistant roofs. I therefore encourage as many members of the construction industry to attend," said Mr. Pandohie.

People can register for the lectures series or individual workshops by e-mailing jacqueline.bleicher@gov.ky or calling 244-6574. Registration for the first workshop closes Friday, 8 June 2012.

Registration for the final workshop can be done online at www.strongtie.com; or by calling Lisa on 972 548-0924; or email lchumbley@strongtie.com. Registration deadline for this event is 13 July 2012.

The Lecture Series:

Trusses, Roof Framing & Uplift Connections Workshop

When: 13 June 2012, 1 - 4pm

Where: Conference room 1038, Government Administration Building

Facilitator: Michael Pratt, MCP, CBO, Assistant Building Control Officer, Department of Planning

Registration deadline: 8 June 2012

USP Wind Design & Uplift Connections Seminar (Offering 2 IA/CES LU/HSW)

When: 27 June 2012, 1 - 4pm

Where: Conference room 1038, Government Administration Building

Speaker: Randy Holgate, USP Director, Structural Connectors

Registration deadline: 22 June 2012

Wind Resistant Design & Construction Workshop (Offering 5 PDHs)

When: Tuesday, 17 July 2012, 9am - 3pm (breakfast and lunch provided)

Where: AL Thompsons Building, 139 North Sound Road

Online registration at www.strongtie.com; or call Lisa on 972 548-0924; or email lchumbley@strongtie.com. Registration deadline: 13 July 2012

For further information contact: Bina Mani