PHRC Workshop

PHRC Workshop - Residential Deck Design

York Builders Association and BIA of Lancaster County members receive a $25 discount from the Standard Rate for $150 registration. PHRC Members can also use their workshop discount.

We will review the current code requirements for residential deck design and construction. This will include reviewing the new prescriptive design requirements for joists, beams and post sizing. We will also review the design requirements for stairs and stair illumination. The newly adopted code requirements lay the groundwork for the design of a residential deck. This workshop will give the opportunity to apply the prescriptive requirements to several design examples. Upon completion of this workshop, attendees will know where to find and apply the prescriptive design guidelines set forth in the IRC code books.

After attending this program, attendees will be able to:

  1. Comprehend the impact that building science principles can have on the resiliency of residential buildings with exterior plaster assemblies.
  2. Understand the code requirements that relate to the construction of exterior plaster and thin stone veneer assemblies.
  3. Relate the effects of improper construction technique to occupant risk and building failure.
  4. Detail appropriate flashing components in order to provide cost effective and durable construction solutions.

Course Materials

No materials are required. Coffee, light breakfast, and lunch included.

Course Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Instruction time


Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

Credit Hours

6 hours AIA, ICC, L&I, NARI, PA PDH CEUs

Registration Fee


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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.

Pennsylvania Housing Research Center

219 Sackett Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2341

Fax: 814-863-7304