APA System Reports
APA System Reports help building officials and design professionals identify innovative design solutions by evaluating engineered wood systems that may not be directly prescribed in the codes, but can be used as alternatives to the prescribed systems for code compliance.
The following APA System Reports are available to download in PDF format:
APA Simplified Wall Bracing Method
This free APA System Report explains how to use continuous plywood or OSB sheathing for a more flexible, streamlined approach to code-compliant wall bracing. (For an overview of the benefites of the APA Simplified Bracing Method, view Simplified Bracing Method Streamlines Design.)
Guide to the 2012 Bracing Provisions
Latest wood wall bracing guide provides an explanation of the lateral bracing provisions of the 2012 IRC.