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Moisture Management and Building Enclosure Detailing: Concepts for Durable Wood Assemblies

March 10, 2016 – 8:15 am - 2:15 pm


Berkeley, CABerkeley, CA


Onsite check-in:  7:45 am
Program begins:  8:15 am
Program concludes: 2:15 pm

Moisture Management and Building Enclosure Detailing: Concepts for Durable Wood Assemblies

Led by experts in wood science and building enclosures, this seminar focuses on the effects of moisture on wood as a building material, as well as design considerations and best practices associated with detailing for durable wood structures. Beginning with a review of relevant wood science, the first half focuses on how wood is affected by moisture, how moisture travels through wood, and wood’s relationship with humidity and liquid water. The second half focuses on wood-frame assemblies for walls, low-slope roofs, and balconies. Details and case studies will be used to illustrate detailing best practices for these locations to provide moisture protection while allowing evaporation, with the goal of achieving maximum durability. Topics will include a California-focused approach to ventilation, placement of control layers, dew point location, lessons learned from past balcony issues, and compliance with new balcony requirements.

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Ron Anthony, Wood Scientist, Anthony & Associates

Ron Anthony received an MS in Wood Science and Technology and a BS in Forest Management and Wood Science and Technology from Colorado State University. Prior to forming Anthony & Associates in 1999, he conducted research and consulted on wood properties and the use of wood in construction applications. His efforts have led to applications of resistance drilling and digital radioscopy for quantifying decay in structural timbers and investigating hidden conditions. Author of over 100 publications, he has consulted throughout North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and the South Pacific. He is a member of the Association for Preservation Technology International, Colorado Preservation, Inc., Society of Wood Science and Technology, RILEM, and the Forest Products Society, and chairs the Committee on Forensic Investigation for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Colin Shane M.Eng., P.Eng., RDH Building Science Inc.

Colin Shane is a Senior Project Engineer at the San Francisco Bay Area office of RDH Building Science Inc., an engineering consulting firm dedicated to building science and building enclosure engineering. Colin’s experience includes design of all components of the building enclosure, including walls, glazing systems, balconies and roofs in climate zones across North America. Colin has a broad knowledge of building construction and applies building science principles to evaluate, analyze and design durable, energy-efficient building enclosures. He holds a Master’s degree in Civil/Structural Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Berkeley City Club
2315 Durant Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704


The Berkeley-Shattuck BART Station is also about a 10 minute walk away for guests who’d like to take public transportation.

As in any city, parking can be a challenge. We strongly suggest that you reserve parking at one of the nearby lots or hire a valet service.

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Understanding Moisture Performance of WoodRon Anthony, Wood Scientist, Anthony & Associates

Building Enclosure Detailing for Walls and Low Slope RoofsColin Shane M.Eng., P.Eng.RDH Building Sciences Inc

Building Enclosure Detailing for BalconiesColin Shane M.Eng., P.Eng.RDH Building Sciences Inc

Attendees will qualify for 4 AIA/CES LUs (HSW) or PDH credits.

Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for their participation.

Professional Development Certificates and AIA CES forms will be available on site.

Contact Dawn Veach at  or 404.394.4197


10 March 2016
8:15 am - 2:15 pm
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Berkeley City Club
Berkeley, CA United States

WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.