LIVE – Detailing Specific Cladding Requirements for Mid-Rise Wood-Framed Buildings
Presented by Warren R. French, F-IIBEC, RBEC, PE of French Engineering, LLC
Multistory, wood-framed buildings are ubiquitous in modern construction throughout North America, particularly for multifamily residential construction, but also for light commercial. Specific cladding problems can occur if special attention is not given to appropriately detail these building enclosure interfaces. This paper and presentation discuss the causes for these problems, the lack of existing development currently existing within the industry, and the need for such detailing for various cladding types. The current state of the industry does not formally recognize or address the issue of shrinkage and elastic shortening of the vertical members within these structures.