PHRC Webinars

A Comprehensive Deck Design from Footings to Guards: Learning from the Past [Archive]

9/13/2022 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM ET

Instructor: Christopher Hine (Residential Design & Construction Specialist, PHRC)


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In this residential deck webinar, learn about past deck failures and briefly review the potential root causes of the failures. Next, we will review the comprehensive provisions in chapter 5 of the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) along with some additional guidelines to see how current codes and guidelines have evolved in response to previous failures.

Learning Objectives

  1. Review past residential deck failures and how the failures led to occupant injury or death.
  2. Review provisions in Chapter 5 of the 2018 IRC that relate to the design and construction of a code compliant residential deck.
  3. Understand that there are additional guidelines available to assist in the design and construction of a residential deck.
  4. Review residential deck guard rail testing results and review additional guidelines that can help in the design and construction of safer system for the occupant.


Free to attend; $20 for continuing education credit in live webinar

Credit Hours

Live Webinar: 1.0 PA L&I Contact Hour, 1.0 PA PDH, 1.0 AIA LU|HSW, 1.0 ICC Contact Hour (0.1 CEU), 1.0 NARI hour/CEU

Tags: Residential Structures and Building Code Requirements



The Pennsylvania Housing Research Center serves the home building industry and the residents of Pennsylvania by improving the quality and affordability of housing.

We conduct applied research, foster the development and commercialization of innovative technologies, and transfer appropriate technologies to the housing community.

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