PHRC Webinars

Residential Deck Design & Safety

5/10/2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Instructor: Chris Hine (PHRC)


Link to Webinar:


Residential deck construction has been second nature for several years. In this webinar we will review the current 2009 IRC code requirements for deck attachment for lateral loads as referenced in Section R502.2.2. Along with the IRC requirements, we will review the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide (DCA6) for joist, beam and railing design. This webinar will also review several connection and design details.

Learning Objectives

1.   Review the history of deck construction to understand why the new requirements are important to the safety of the occupants
2.   Review current 2009 IRC and DCA6 requirements for deck construction along with reviewing some compliance options for lateral restraints.
3.   Review the upcoming changes voted on by the Pennsylvania Review and Advisory Council related to the 2015 IRC. These changes will be enforceable January 1, 2016.
4.   Understand key element to look for during plan review and onsite inspection to help with the safety and welfare of occupants during and post construction.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credits

Credit Hours

1.0 L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW Hour

Tags: Residential Structures and Building Code Requirements



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