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From concrete forming to panelized roof systems to post frame construction, engineered wood products are an integral part of contemporary commercial construction. This section contains publications related to the usage of engineered wood products in commercial construction.

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APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide

Comprehensive guide to engineered wood construction systems for both residential and commercial/industrial buildings. Includes information on plywood and oriented strand board (wood structural panels), glulam, I-joists, structural composite lumber, typical specifications, and design recommendations for floor, wall, and roof systems, diaphragms, shear walls, fire-rated systems, and methods of finishing. Individual sections of the guide are also available for download. Revised September 2011. (Form E30 - 84 pages)

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APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide Excerpt: Guide to Engineered Wood Products: Panels

Excerpt from the Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30. Includes product descriptions and specification recommendations for structural panels. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. Revised September 2011. ( - 20 pages)

9/22/2011 Free APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide Excerpt: Guide to Engineered Wood Products: Panels (PDF Download)
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APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide Excerpt: Wall Construction

Excerpt from the Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30. Includes application recommendations for APA structural panel wall sheathing, single-wall siding, and panel and lap siding installation over sheathing. Siding joint details, siding patterns and grades, exterior finish recommendations, and panel shear wall construction are also covered. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. Revised September 2011. ( - 20 pages)

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APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide Excerpt: Roof Construction

Excerpt from the Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30. Includes application of structural panel sheathing for roofs, preframed roof panels, long span systems, soffits, and roof diaphragms. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. Revised September 2011. ( - 14 pages)

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APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide Excerpt: Building Requirements and Related Panel Systems

Excerpt from the Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30. A summary of special systems, including the Permanent Wood Foundation, outdoor decks, concrete forming, Structural Insulated Panels, panels over metal framing, and special floor surfacing. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. Revised September 2011. ( - 18 pages)

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Product Guide: Glulam

Glued laminated timber (glulam) redefines the possibilities for engineered wood construction. Glulam is an engineered wood product that optimizes the structural value of a renewable source – wood.  This updated brochure, Glulam Product Guide describes APA EWS trademarked glulam, addresses important design considerations, and includes a specification guide. Updated December 2008. (Form X440 - 32 pages)

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Product Guide: Structural Insulated Panels

This brochure covers SIP advantages, applications, design and construction considerations, assembly and related topics. Numerous connection details also are included. Issued December 2007. (Form H650 - 20 pages)

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FRP Plywood

Fiberglass-reinforced-plastic plywood applications, advantages, fabrication and specifications. Available only as a downloadable PDF file. Updated June 2007. (Form G215 - 2 pages)

6/28/2007 Free FRP Plywood (PDF Download)
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Glued Laminated Wood Utility Poles

Highlights the use of glulam for wood utility poles and presents the favorable factors of durability, stablity and competitive pricing through various case studies. Issued August 2008. (Form J420 - 12 pages)

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Guide to 2009 IRC Wood Wall Bracing Provisions

Explains how to use the IRC to provide the bracing necessary for a residential structure to resist the lateral loads that can result from wind and seismic events. The illustrated guide, the result of a publishing agreement between the International Code Council and APA, is 255 pages in length and features more than 200 figures, tables and photos.

The guide is available for purchase for $41.00 ($33.00 for ICC members) from the ICC store. Visit www.iccsafe.org for more information. (ICC Product 7102S09 - 255 pages)

11/5/2009

Designing for Combined Shear and Wind Uplift

THIS PUBLICATION HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. Please refer to Form SR-101 for more information on this topic. (Form K325 - 4 pages)

8/7/2012

Nonresidential Roof Systems

Panel recommendations for conventional and panelized roof decks, fire-resistant construction assemblies, costs and insurance. Also includes load-span tables for glulam roof beams. Available only as a downloadable pdf. Revised May 1996. (Form A310 - 36 pages)

5/31/1996 Free Nonresidential Roof Systems (PDF Download)
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Diaphragms and Shear Walls

Design and construction recommendations for engineered diaphragm systems in floor, shear wall, and roof systems. Updated October 2007. (Form L350 - 32 pages)

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Installation of Stucco Exterior Finish Over Structural Wood Panel Wall Sheathing

Describes recommended wall construction methods for the installation of stucco exterior finish over structural wood panel wall sheathing. Updated September 2006. Available only as a downloadable pdf file. (Form Q370 - 6 pages)

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Data File: Roof Sheathing Fastening Schedules for Wind Uplift

Provides nailing schedules for wood structural panel roof sheathing for high wind areas. Updated March 2006. (Form T325 - 4 pages)

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Wood Structural Panels Over Metal Framing

Design and fastening recommendations for installation of wood structural panels over metal framing in floors, walls, and roofs. Updated March 2009. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. (Form T625 - 14 pages)

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Design/Construction Guide: Concrete Forming

Contains grade information, form maintenance recommendations, design data and several updated project case studies. Update to this version (V345V) also includes the addition of Performance Category 11/16 design recommendations, and the new design values for southern yellow pine. Updated May 2012. (Form V345 - 29 pages)

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Noise-Rated Systems

Fundamentals of acoustics, FHA recommendations and STC and IIC ratings for numerous panel construction assemblies. Revised August 2000. (Form W460 - 20 pages)

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Post Frame

Describes the use of engineered wood products in post-frame design and construction. Includes case studies and design recommendations. Issued February 2000. (Form A475 - 28 pages)

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Data File: Nailed Structural-Use Panel and Lumber Beams

Load-span tables and fabrication information. Available only as a downloadable PDF. Revised February 2009. (Form Z416 - 6 pages)

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Research Report: Plywood Diaphragms

Research Report 138. Describes tests of stapled, high-load and glued diaphragms, and those with openings. Summarizes previous APA diaphragm testing. Revised July 2000 (Form E315 - 60 pages)

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Research Report: Wood Structural Panel Shear Walls with Gypsum Wallboard and Window/Door Openings

Research Report 157. Describes APA testing to evaluate Japanese design method for shear walls with openings. Updated March 2004 (Form W250 - 28 pages)

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Research Report: Performance of Wood Structural Panel Shear Walls Under Cyclic (Reversed) Loading

Research Report 158. Testing sponsored by APA and conducted at University of California – Irvine, using modified TCCMAR procedure. Revised June 1999. (Form W260 - 40 pages)

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Industrial Noise Control

Data File includes OSHA's requirements for noise control as well as fundamental terminology and design guidelines. Revised December 1994. (Form Y225 - 12 pages)

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Panelized Roofs

Covers hybrid and all-wood panelized roof systems, including key roof components and wind uplift requirements. Issued December 2006. (Form G630 - 12 pages)

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Wind-Rated Roofs: Designing Commercial Roofs to Withstand Wind Uplift Forces

Presents tested assembly details for roof systems with APA wood structural panels used as substrate that meet classifications of FM Approvals or of Underwriters Laboratories. Revised December 2008. Available only as a downloadable PDF. (Form G310 - 12 pages)

12/17/2008 Free Wind-Rated Roofs: Designing Commercial Roofs to Withstand Wind Uplift Forces (PDF Download)
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Design Concepts for Building in High Wind and Seismic Zones

Describes how lateral loads act on wood framing systems, and how construction detailing and fasteners affect the ultimate performance of a structure in high wind and seismic zones. Issued January 1997. (Form W650 - 8 pages)

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I-Joist Construction Details - Performance Rated I-Joist Roof Framing Details

Installation guide includes recommended construction details for I-joists in roof applications. Only available as a downloadable PDF file. Revised March 2012. (Form D710 - 10 pages)

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Fire-Rated Systems

Guide to wood panel systems that meet code and insurance recommendations. Updated June 2005. (Form W305 - 24 pages)

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Builder Tips: Construct a Solid, Squeak-Free Floor System

Describes how to prevent floor complaints and callbacks with proper floor sheathing installation. View on mobile devices at www.apawood.org/buildertips. Updated May 2013. (Form Q300 - 2 pages)

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Builder Tips: Storage and Handling of APA Trademarked Panels

Provides guidelines to help protect panels from damage in storage, during shipment, and on the job site. Revised May 2013. Now view on mobile devices. Go to: www.apawood.org/buildertips. (Form U450 - 2 pages)

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Canadian Edition, Builder Tips: Storage and Handling of APA Trademarked Panels

Edition specific to Canadian construction job sites. Describes recommended handling for shipping, storage, and on the job site. Available only as a downloadable PDF. Issued March 2009. (Form U450 CN - 2 pages)

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Canadian Edition, Builder Tips: How to Minimize Buckling of Asphalt Shingles

Edition specific to Canadian construction job sites. Describes procedures to minimize buckling. Available only as a downloadable PDF. Issued March 2009. (Form K310 CN - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Environmental Nature Center

Highlights a wood-framed, mixed-use building inspiring sustainable design. The features of the building are used as educational tools showcasing the benefits of environmentally-conscious design. The ENC hopes the building will inspire and teach visitors to implement sustainable design features in their own homes and businesses. Issued December 2009. (Form K115 - 2 pages)

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Build Profit with Wood Walls

Introductory piece to APA's series of wall bracing materials highlighting building design, construction and efficiency advantages of fully sheathing with wood structural panels. This brochure provides tips and resources on how to meet all of these demands and build profitability into your residential construction project. Issued December 2008. (Form J435 - 6 pages)

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Wood Facts: Designing Schools with Wood

Basic information on designing schools with wood. Only available as a downloadable PDF. Issued December 2008. (Form J335 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: West Adams Preparatory

Highlights a 40 under 40 award project that uses engineered wood as both finish and framing material. The walls and ceiling in its 5,000-square-foot library and 1,200-seat auditorium are finished, floor-to-ceiling, in fire-retardant-treated (FRT) construction grade plywood. Issued March 2008. (Form J115 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Westin Verasa Resort

A 40 under 40 award project that highlights a three-story combination hotel and residential structure that sits atop a one-story concrete underground parkade. Designed to reflect and embrace the natural and architectural influences of the Napa region, the hotel features timbered elements and accents of stone, concrete and wood, highlighting the exterior structure. Issued March 2008. (Form J120 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: UTA University Residence Halls

A 40 under 40 award project, highlights the use of engineered wood products that provide the strength and structural support needed for the construction of two sister residence hall buildings at The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). Issued March 2008. (Form J125 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Atlantic Station Project

Highlights an urban renewal project located in Atlanta that uses wood’s design versatility and sustainability in its construction to build an award-winning development on the site of the former Atlantic Steel Mill. Engineered wood plays a leading role in the construction of two of Atlantic Stations’ high-density residential projects. Issued March 2008. (Form J130 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Van Norman Reservoir

Describes how engineered wood products are used in a 665,000 square foot reservoir cover that protects 90% of Los Angeles, California's drinking water. Available only as a downloadable .pdf file. Issued August 1995. (Form V110 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Wisconsin Visitors Center

Glued laminated beams add strength, beauty, and open space to this public building. Issued April 1996. (Form W110 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Washington State Historical Museum

Plywood concrete forms are used to shape massive arches. Revised July 2001. (Form W115 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Disney ICE

Curved glulam beams and a plywood roof deck top this ice arena. Revised March 2002. (Form W120 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Investco

Many of the engineered wood products used throughout this office building are exposed to create a unique interior. Revised July 2001. (Form W125 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Park 277

A panelized all-wood roof is used in this large warehouse complex. Issued November 1996. (Form W140 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Fred Meyer

A variety of wood roof systems meet the storage requirements of this grocery distribution center. Revised April 2002. (Form W145 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Redlin Art Center

Structural insulated panel construction provides a controlled air environment for the sensitive oil paintings housed at this noteworthy art center. Issued April 1997. (Form X110 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: TCI

Describes how structural wood roof system was installed over steel framing in a manufacturing facility. Issued July 1997. (Form X115 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Holland Pork Company

Structural insulated panels ease construction and provide a sanitary environment for this pork producer. Issued November 1997. (Form X120 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Portland Bulk Storage

This 236,000-square-foot mineral storage building uses 750,000 board feet of glulam arches to answer the challenges of storing potash, a corrosive fertilizer ingredient. Issued November 1997. (Form X140 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Bear Hill Condominiums

A switch from gypsum wallboard to oriented strand board wall sheathing decreased cost, and increased labor efficiency and quality for this multifamily development. Revised May 2003. (Form X160 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Microtel Inn Hotels

The owner of a Microtel Inn, a rapidly growing hotel franchise, switched from gypsum to OSB wall sheathing, and the entire hotel chain followed suit. Issued November 1997. (Form X165 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: REI Headquarters Store

Engineered wood products are used extensively to underscore the rustic, environmentally-conscious personality of this outdoor sports retailer. Revised July 2001. (Form W155 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Pepsi Distribution Center

A panelized wood roof system is used on this large California distribution center. Issued January 1997. (Form W160 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Las Vegas Elementary School

The Lamb of God Lutheran Elementary School and Administration Building in Las Vegas, described in this case study, features fully sheathed walls. Issued June 2005. (Form F120 - 2 pages)

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Wood: Sustainable Building Solutions

Describes the environmental benefits of engineered wood products, compares wood to other structural products, and explains scientific research that demonstrates wood's green building merits. Only available as a downloadable PDF. Revised April 2012. (Form F305 - 8 pages)

4/30/2012 Free Wood: Sustainable Building Solutions (PDF Download)
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Engineered Wood In School Design: The Smart Choice

Through several case studies, this publication illustrates the advantages of using engineered wood in school design and renovation. Issued February 2002. (Form B210 - 8 pages)

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Glulam in Sacred Spaces

Describes how glulam is used in a variety of church and synagogue designs. Issued November 2003. (Form EWS D220 - 8 pages)

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Case Study: Liberty High School

Glulam, I-joists and plywood are used in a 19-building high school campus. Issued April 1998. (Form Y115 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Northgate Mall

Engineered wood products add to aesthetics and shear design values in a shopping mall renovation. Isssued February 1998. (Form Y120 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Beaverton City Library

Innovative use of curved Douglas-fir glulam columns fabricated to create the appearance of 26-foot tall trees which support the ceiling. Issued January 2001. (Form A115 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Wieden & Kennedy Corporate Headquarters

Wieden & Kennedy corporate headquarters renovates old warehouse with glulam beams and plywood in Portland, Oregon's Pearl District. Issued January 2001. (Form A120 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Three Village Green, The Pinehills

Old world New England charm is heightened by new world engineered wood products. Issued May 2006. (Form G150 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Eastlake Design Center

Multi-store home improvement complex benefits from a panelized plywood roof system. Issued May 2006. (Form G155 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Lake View Terrace Branch Library

Environmental Consciousness Raising. A Must-Read at the Lake View Terrace Branch Library. Issued May 2006. (Form G160 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: YMCA Family Fitness Center

Engineered Wood Products Withstand Harsh Environments. Issued May 2006. (Form G165 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: Philip Merrill Environmental Center

Reaching the apex of sustainable design, the environmental center achieved LEED Platinum status through inspired use of engineered wood products. Issued March 2007. (Form H120 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: JP Morgan Chase

Highlights the construction of a fast-track freestanding bank branch in New Albany, Ohio that was scheduled for completion in just 120 days. The hybrid design combines an engineered wood roof with metal framed walls to produce a shell system that is durable, sound, economical, rapid to build and capable of supporting a wide variety of client finish options. Issued March 2008. (Form J110 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: National Heritage Academy

Through the use of post frame construction, an educational organization's challenging design criteria are met. Issued May 2000. (Form A110 - 2 pages)

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Case Study: The Village at Germantown

Describes how wood was used to deliver an affordable design for senior living. Issued August 2006 (Form G110 - 2 pages)

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Panel Design Specification

Recommended design capacities (ASD) and design methods for wood structural panels manufactured under Voluntary Product Standards PS1 and PS2, and APA Performance Standard PRP-108. Includes updated EA-perp values for OSB. Revised May 2012. (Form D510 - 28 pages)

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Technical Note: Jumbo Panels for Nonresidential Roofs

Recommendations for use of large-size OSB panels for panelized roofs. Revised April 2002. (Form W220 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Understanding the Importance of Structural Wall Sheathing as a Wall Covering

Provides information on wind loads and minimum wall design wind pressures. Updated November 2008. Available only as a downloadable PDF. (Form J430 - 6 pages)

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Technical Note: Glulam Purlins for Panelized Roofs

Description of glulam purlins and table for determining allowable spans. Revised October 2000. (Form R485 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Controlling Decay in Wood Construction

Defines decay fungi and conditions that support decay. Provides an overview on preventing and minimizing the degradation of wood through proper design, storage, construction, and maintenance details. Revised December 2009. Available only as a downloadable PDF. (Form R495 - 6 pages)

12/9/2009 Free Technical Note: Controlling Decay in Wood Construction (PDF Download)
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Technical Note: Moisture Control in Low Slope Roofs

Recommendations for minimizing moisture accumulation in panelized low-slope roof systems used in commercial and industrial applications. Available as a PDF document only. Revised July 2013. (Form R525 - 6 pages)

7/13/2013 Free Technical Note: Moisture Control in Low Slope Roofs (PDF Download)
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Technical Note: Minimizing Buckling of Wood Structural Panels

Form X480 has been discontinued. Please refer to Technical Note: Minimizing Buckling of Wood Structural Panels, Form D481.

Technical Note: Condensation,­ Causes and Control

Explains causes of condensation and identifies areas prone to condensation issues. Provides options and examples to control condensation. Updated January 2007. Available only as a downloadable PDF. (Form X485 - 6 pages)

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Technical Note: Structural Adhesives for Plywood-Lumber Assemblies

Covers structural adhesives for strength and stiffness, and semi-structural adhesives for stiffness only. Revised May 1998. (Form Y391 - 4 pages)

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Technical Note: Non-Load-Bearing Partitions on APA Structural Panel Floors

This document shows how to determine partition load and if additional joists are required.Revised August 2005. Available only as a downloadable PDF. (Form B429 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Buckling of Wood Structural Panel Sheathing

Describes mechanism and construction features that contribute to buckling of wood structural panels. Includes suggestions for correction. Available only as a downloadable PDF. Updated September 2012. (Form D481 - 7 pages)

9/10/2012 Free Technical Note: Buckling of Wood Structural Panel Sheathing (PDF Download)
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Technical Note: Corrosion-Resistant Fasteners for Construction

Outlines bases for fastener recommendations in plywood siding and foundations, and fire-retardant-treated plywood. Revised December 2004. (Form D485 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Termite Protection for Wood-Framed Construction

Discussion and recommendations. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. Revised April 2006. (Form K830 - 4 pages)

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Technical Note: Stapled Sheet Metal Blocking for APA Panel Diaphragms

Discussion and recommendations derived from APA test program for substituting sheet metal strips for lumber blocking at panel joints. Revised May 1997. (Form N370 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Panel Edge Support for Narrow-Width Roof Sheathing

Recommendations from APA research on the performance of 24-inch and narrower roof sheathing panels. Revised August 1997. (Form R275 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Temporary Expansion Joints for Large Buildings

Expansion joint details for buildings with dimensions larger than 80 feet. Revised April 2002. (Form U425 - 4 pages)

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Technical Note: Caster Loadings on Plywood

Recommendations for specifying plywood floor products under small wheel (caster) vehicle loads in industrial and commercial environs. Revised December 1999. (Form X227 - 2 pages)

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Technical Note: Portal Frame Bracing Without Hold-Down Devices

Details for APA-developed portal frame wall bracing to help provide segments as narrow as 16 inches that can be counted toward the overall bracing percentage required by the International Residential Code (IRC). For use in continuously sheathed walls. Issued July 2008. (Form J740 - 6 pages)

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Technical Note: Fire-Retardant-Treated (FRT) Plywood

Provides the required treating standards and locations within the building codes where the standards are referenced, as well as where fire-retardant-treated FRT plywood can be safely used. Only available as a downloadable pdf file. Issued January 2009. (Form K320 - 7 pages)

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Data File: Lateral Load Connections for Low-Slope Roof Diaphragms

Describes techniques and products for code-required connections in wood roof systems in high wind and seismic zones. Updated February 2004. (Form Z350 - 24 pages)

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Architect Reference Literature CD

Contains dozens of APA publications, including product and design information, application details and case histories. View the Table of Contents. Updated April 2014. (Form CD-A100)

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Engineer Reference Literature CD

Contains dozens of APA publications, including product and design information, application details and case histories. View the Table of Contents. Updated April 2014. (Form CD-E100)

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Contractor Reference Literature CD

Contains dozens of APA publications, including product & design information, application details and specification tips. View the Table of Contents. Updated April 2014 (Form CD-C100)

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Dealer / Distributor Reference Literature CD

Contains dozens of APA publications, including product, design and specification information and troubleshooting tips. View the Table of Contents. Updated April 2014. (Form CD-D100)

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Test Methods for Floor and Roof Sheathing

complete title: Test Methods and Performance Requirements for Floor and Roof Sheathing. Research Report 135-C. Describes development of test methods and performance requirements for wood-based sheathing panels. January 1997. (Form A427 - 108 pages)

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Binder: Structural Design, Engineers' Reference Materials

(Form BD-2000)

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2009 Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook

This annual report chronicles historical market segment demand and production for softwood plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joists, and laminated veneer lumber. Released May 2009. View the Table of Contents. NOTE: Available as a pdf file only. Will be sent via e-mail by the next business day. (No charge to member mills.) (Form MK0-E175 - 80 pages)

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Binder: Architects' Reference Materials

APA product data and application reference binder specially designed for architects. (Form BD-3000)

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Binder: Contractors' (Residential & Commercial) Reference Materials

APA product data and application reference binder specially designed for residential and commercial contractors. (Form BD-4000)

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2008 Structural Panel & Engineered Wood Yearbook

This annual report chronicles historical market segment demand and production for softwood plywood, oriented strand board, glulam timber, wood I-joists, and laminated veneer lumber. Released April 2008. View the Table of Contents. NOTE: Available as a pdf file only. Will be sent via e-mail by the next business day. (No charge to member mills.) (Form MK0-E174 - 52 pages)

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Wood Design Awards, 2003

The 2003 Wood Design Awards book contains commercial and residential projects that represent the finest examples of wood architecture from the U.S. and Canada. Price includes shipping and handling ( - 124 pages)

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Wood Design Awards, Set of 3 books

Together the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Wood Design Awards books contain 36 commercial and residential projects that represent the finest examples of wood architecture from the U.S. and Canada. Every project is fully documented with dramatic photos, concise descriptions and drawing details – an excellent reference of design ideas. Price includes shipping and handling. ( - 348 pages)

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Wood Design Awards, 2004

The 2004 Wood Design Awards book contains commercial and residential projects that represent the finest examples of wood architecture from the U.S. and Canada. Price includes shipping and handling. ( - 112 pages)

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Narrow Walls That Work

THIS PUBLICATION HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED. Please refer to Form G440 for more information on this topic. (Form D420)

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