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Half Day Seminar - Wall Bracing using the 2015 Code

  • 333 Westchester Avenue, South Building White Plains, NY, 10604 United States (map)

Half Day Seminar - Wall Bracing using the 2015 Code

This workshop is designed for residential designers, building officials, and builders. We will review the bracing provisions of the 2015 International Residential Code and discuss the most practical methods to meet them.

The wall bracing provisions found in the building codes have continued to grow in size and complexity. We will look back at some of the more significant code changes to better understand the purpose of the current requirements. We will review the prescriptive wall bracing provisions of the IRC along with alternate bracing methods that address contemporary home designs. The history of some of the more significant code changes will be presented throughout the workshop that will provide insight into the intent of the current provisions.

This workshop will incorporate design examples and assembly demonstrations of innovative new bracing solutions. Special attention will be given to garage fronts, stacked narrow bracing panels, and two-story great room walls. Simpson Strong-Tie engineers will be presenting code compliant solutions that will enable more efficient designs while maintaining structural safety.

Upon completion of the workshop, attendees will have a clear understanding of the building code requirements and available options to meet them.

David Finkenbinder

David Finkenbinder joined Simpson Strong-Tie in 2007 as a Branch Design Engineer, providing support to 24 states through the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic regions of the United States.  He is a 2004 graduate of Penn State with a B.S. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, and a 2007 graduate of Virginia Tech with a M.S. in Civil Engineering with a focus in Structural Engineering.  His master’s thesis investigated the splitting strength of bolted connections in solid-sawn lumber and structural composite lumber.  Upon gaining licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio in 2011, he was promoted to the role of Branch Engineer.  He is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Ohio (SEAoO).

Time & Location:

333 Westchester Avenue, South Building, White Plains, NY 10604

  • 7:45 AM Registration
  • 8:15 AM - 12 noon

 Credits - 4 AIA/HSW, 4 PDH


  • $40 AIA/Allied 
  • $25 Associate AIA 
  • $65 Non member 
  • $40 Engineers