Technical Stuff

Timber Design

TFEC 1 – 2019 Standard for Design of Timber Frame Structures & Commentary

This standard defines the engineering and design requirements for timber frame structures. This standard is intended as a supplement to the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS).

TFEC 2 – 2018 Code of Standard Practice for Timber Frame Structures

This Code is intended to represent a reasonable consensus of what constitutes ordinary and acceptable practice within the timber frame industry.

TFEC 3 – 2019 Guide to Structural Evaluation of Existing Timber Structures

This is a guideline for the structural assessment and evaluation of the structural load capacity of older timber structures.

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Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer

Jim authored the section of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Guidelines for Structural Engineers dealing with the design of wood and timber structures. View this chapter for free.

Timber Design

TFEC 1 – 2019 Standard for Design of Timber Frame Structures & Commentary

This standard defines the engineering and design requirements for timber frame structures. This standard is intended as a supplement to the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (NDS).

TFEC 2 – 2018 Code of Standard Practice for Timber Frame Structures

This Code is intended to represent a reasonable consensus of what constitutes ordinary and acceptable practice within the timber frame industry.

TFEC 3 – 2019 Guide to Structural Evaluation of Existing Timber Structures

This is a guideline for the structural assessment and evaluation of the structural load capacity of older timber structures.

Timber Design Guides

Sustainability Guidelines for the Structural Engineer

Jim authored the section of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Sustainability Guidelines for Structural Engineers dealing with the design of wood and timber structures. View this chapter for free.

Flood Resistant Construction

ASCE/SEI 24-14 Flood Resistant Design and Construction

This standard is referenced in the International Building Code and embodies the code requirements for flood resistant construction. Jim DeStefano serves on the committee that wrote the standard.

Design for Flooding

Jim DeStefano co-authored the chapters on flood resistant construction.

Fire Resistance

Structural Engineers Guide to Fire Protection

From the time that Neolithic man first tamed the power of fire to cook his meats and heat his hut, man has lived with the risk of being consumed by its power. Throughout recorded history there are accounts of entire cities being destroyed by fire – ancient Rome, London, Chicago, San Francisco and Dresden. These cities were all rebuilt with more fire resistant construction, but still the threat of fire remained.

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Fire Resistance

Structural Engineers Guide to Fire Protection

From the time that Neolithic man first tamed the power of fire to cook his meats and heat his hut, man has lived with the risk of being consumed by its power. Throughout recorded history there are accounts of entire cities being destroyed by fire – ancient Rome, London, Chicago, San Francisco and Dresden. These cities were all rebuilt with more fire resistant construction, but still the threat of fire remained.

Special Inspections

Structural Engineers Guide to Special Inspections and Quality Assurance

Are there common problems associated with structural failures, the elimination of which would decrease the number of failures? Yes. Two of the most critical contributing factors are:

  • The need for improved organization on construction projects and better communication between participants.
  • The need for construction inspection by the Structural Engineer of Record (SER) during the construction of principal structural components.
Coaltion of American Structural Engineers
American Council of Engineering Companies

Special Inspections

Structural Engineers Guide to Special Inspections and Quality Assurance

Are there common problems associated with structural failures, the elimination of which would decrease the number of failures? Yes. Two of the most critical contributing factors are:

  • The need for improved organization on construction projects and better communication between participants.
  • The need for construction inspection by the Structural Engineer of Record (SER) during the construction of principal structural components.