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E – 1144 Residential Deck Construction

Intended Audience: civil, construction, structural, and mechanical engineers



Discover the basic design and construction methods for single-story residential wood decks.

Dive in to the 2009 edition of the technical publication of “Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide – DCA No. 6,” American Wood Council of the American Forest & Paper Association in our course developed by Dr. Rossow.

This course will walk through the established construction guide that meets or exceeds the minimum design requirements of the International Code Council’s International Residential Code. Specific design guidance (much of it in the form of convenient tables and charts) is provided for all deck components.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you’ll be able to identify and discuss:
  • Decking requirements
  • Joist sizing
  • Beam size and assembly requirements
  • Deck framing plans
  • Joist-to-beam connections
  • Joist hangers
  • Post requirements
  • Rim joist requirements
  • Footings
  • Ledger attachments
  • Ledger board fasteners
  • Free-standing decks
  • Deck stability
  • Guard requirements
  • Stair requirements
  • Framing at chimney or bay window

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