News from APA

Inside View House Educates Professionals and Code Officials on Energy-Efficient Construction Practices 

Beechen & Dill Homes, USDA Forest Service, and APA – The Engineered Wood Association provide hands-on look at framing methods that save energy, speed installation, and reduce waste
A new home under construction in suburban Chicago has become a learning tool for builders, architects, and code officials to experience and observe how efficient framing practices can conserve energy, speed construction, and reduce utility bills.... read more

Market Outlook 

Industry Expects Increasing Demand for Engineered Wood Products
Similar to 2014, extremely harsh weather caused home building to stall in the eastern half of the U.S. during the first quarter of 2015. However, with mortgage rates below 4 percent, new home sales rose 9 percent versus the fourth quarter of 2014,... read more

2014 APA Safety and Health Award Winners Announced 

Program Honors Manufacturers for Safety Strides
APA – The Engineered Wood Association recently announced the winners of its 2014 Safety and Health Awards, a program that encourages and recognizes safety and operational excellence in the North American structural panel and engineered wood... read more

Online Resource Kit Educates Building Pros on Stock Glulam Beams 

Articles and case studies from APA foster understanding of glulam capabilities, applications
APA–The Engineered Wood Association is expanding its extensive educational tools with a new online resource kit on stock glulam beams, providing information and case studies that inform end-users on non-custom glulam beams and showcase the... read more

Wall Bracing Featured in New APA Video 

Video highlights the importance of code required wall bracing as a component of resilient wall construction
APA has produced a new online video designed to educate builders and designers about the wall bracing requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC). In Wall Bracing: Satisfy the Code With Strong, Resilient, Fully Sheathed Walls , Senior... read more

Alamco Announces Plans to Join APA – The Engineered Wood Association 

With Alamco, APA will represent more than 90 percent of North American glulam manufacture
Alamco Wood Products, LLC, a glulam manufacturer located in Albert Lea, Minnesota, has announced plans to re-join APA – The Engineered Wood Association effective Feb. 1, 2015. The move was approved by the APA Board of Trustees earlier this... read more

BJ Yeh Named Chairman of CSA A369 

Dr. Yeh to lead the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels
Dr. BJ Yeh, Director of Technical Services for APA – The Engineered Wood Association, has been named chairman of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A369 Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels, which is responsible for four national consensus ... read more

Metriguard’s Jim Logan Receives Bronson J. Lewis Award 

"Truly a pioneer in the engineered wood products industry," Logan is recognized for leadership and outstanding contributions
Jim Logan, owner and president of Metriguard Inc. of Pullman, Washington, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award from APA – The Engineered Wood Association during its Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in November. The annual award is named... read more

APA and EWTA Members Gather for 2014 Annual Meeting 

Over 420 attendees convene in San Antonio
More than 420 APA – The Engineered Wood Association members, Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) members, staff, spouses and guests gathered Nov. 8 – 11 at the JW Marriott in the Hill Country of San Antonio, Texas, for the 2014 APA Annual... read more

APA Redesigns Suite of Web Sites 

Revamped sites offer simplified navigation, improved search of APA's engineered wood resources.
APA–The Engineered Wood Association has redesigned and launched, along with sister sites,,, and The redeveloped websites feature extensive upgrades that provide... read more

ICC-ES and APA Publish First Joint Evaluation Report for Engineered Wood Products 

The International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and APA – The Engineered Wood Association have published the first Joint Evaluation Report for engineered wood products
The International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and APA – The Engineered Wood Association have published the first Joint Evaluation Report for engineered wood products. ESR-1301 demonstrates LP SmartSide® Precision Lap Siding and LP... read more

APA Publishes New System Report: Fire Protection of Wood I-Joist Floors 

Report delineates fire-protection options that satisfy 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) requirements
APA – The Engineered Wood Association has released APA System Report SR-405: Fire Protection of Floors Constructed with Prefabricated Wood I-Joists for Compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. The report provides several practical... read more

Thompson River Accepted into Membership 

British Columbia manufacturer is the fourth Canadian plywood producer to join APA in 2014
APA – The Engineered Wood Association announced that Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd., Kamloops, British Columbia, has been approved for membership by the APA Board of Trustees. The company has been operating as a dry veneer supplier and plywood... read more

APA and AIBD to Present Wall Bracing Webinar Series 

Free five-part series will cover multiple aspects of wall bracing, including bracing for higher seismic and wind zones
APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) are teaming to present a free five-part webinar series on wall bracing. The series will begin June 26, 2014 with a one-hour introductory session covering wall bracing history, theory and strategy. ... read more

Three Canadian Plywood Mills Approved for APA Membership 

With additions, APA membership will represent roughly 60 percent of Canada's plywood production
APA – The Engineered Wood Association approved three Canadian plywood mills for membership during the Association’s Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia;... read more