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Credits: 1 AIA LU/HSW; 1 AIBD P-CE; 0.1 IACET CEU
May qualify for learning hours through most Canadian architectural associations
Pressure-impregnated, fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) can be used to improve the health, safety, and welfare of educational facilities. Codes limit combustible materials’ applications based on fire and life safety. However, the codes recognize FRTW for many applications where a noncombustible material is mandated. This presentation will define FRTW, describe the FRTW manufacturing process, discuss FRTW’s technical characteristics and fire performance advantages, and identify interior and exterior applications for the various occupancies of educational facilities, in all five types of construction, spanning Pre-K through post-secondary facility construction. Participants will learn how to construct strong, generic specifications to make the most of FRTW.
Dr. Mike Eckhoff is a public policy expert with over 15 years of experience in the forest products industry. He has worked for both the Colorado State Forest Service and the USDA Forest Service where he shaped policy for the natural environment in response to the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Since 2017, he has been a Codes & Education Specialist for Hoover Treated Wood Products, providing technical expertise on fire-retardant-treated wood (FRTW) to architects (AIA-approved seminars; HSW credit), building/fire officials (ICC Preferred Education Provider), engineers, and designers. He has given hundreds of invited presentations, lectures, and interviews on sustainable wood products, including FRTW, to firms, municipalities, agencies, universities, and media throughout the United States. He completed his Ph.D. in Forest Science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
- Define FRTW and describe its manufacturing process.
- Recognize legitimate FRTW and the International Building Code (IBC) requirements for testing, labeling, and utilizing interior and exterior FRTW.
- Identify IBC applications for interior and exterior FRTW in Assembly, Business, Education, and Residential occupancies, in all five types of construction, spanning Pre-, K-12, and higher education.
- Write strong, generic specifications for making the most of FRTW’s advantages while improving the health, safety, and welfare of educational facilities.