This guide is intended as introduction to residential gravity loads, load paths and structural wood design. Further study is recommended prior to designing structures. Proper structural design engineering requires a thorough understanding of construction materials, construction practices, engineering principles and local building codes. The following publications are suggested as important reference materials are a starting point for an education in structural engineering. There are many books published on this subject by McGraw-Hill, Inc., Wiley & Sons, Inc., Craftsman Book Company and others.
Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders
Parker/Ambrose, Wiley & Sons, publisher
Design of Wood Structures
Donald Breyer, McGraw-Hill, publisher
National Design Specification, NDS® & design values supplement
American Forest & Paper Association, AF&PA
1111 - 19th St. N.W., Suite 800
Washington, D.C. 20036
Design manual published by your local Wood Products Association.
Manual of Steel Construction
American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc., AITC
1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60601
Your Building Code: The S.B.C.C.I., B.O.C.A., C.A.B.O., or the U.B.C.
Uniform Building Code, International Conference of Building Officials
5360 S. Workman Mill Road
Whittier, CA 90601
Product literature and design data for structural composite lumber from your local suppliers. The national companies for these products are Trus-Joist MacMillan, Boise Cascade, Louisiana-Pacific and Georgia-Pacific.