AIBD/APA Wall Bracing Webinar Series

The Wall Bracing Webinar Series is presented by APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design), a non-profit association dedicated to the enhancement, development, and recognition of the residential and building design professions. At this time, AIBD continuing education units are not offered for viewing pre-recorded programs.

Series presenters include Bob Clark, Roger Roatch and Bryan Readling, APA Engineered Wood Specialists with a combined 63 years’ experience providing engineered wood product building and design support and recommendations. APA has collaborated with code bodies since the 1950’s to improve wall performance and reduce the risk of catastrophic home failure through the development of prescriptive wall bracing techniques that specify plywood and OSB wood structural panel sheathing.

Wall Bracing I: Why Wall Bracing & Wall Bracing Strategy


Wall bracing is a method of providing lateral load resistance to residential structures. The initial webinar in this series provides an overview of wall bracing strategy and techniques, including how lateral loads are handled through braced wall lines and braced wall panels, an introduction to the wall bracing methods and options provided in the IRC, and the history and development of wall bracing. 60 minutes.

This program was originally presented on June 26, 2014, by APA Engineered Wood Specialist Bob Clark.

Wall Bracing II: Meeting the Code Through Prescriptive Wall Bracing


With sixteen different types of braced walls included in the IRC, as well as various tables, exceptions, alternates, and connection requirements, meeting the IRC bracing requirements appears to be a very complex task for homebuilders and designers. This webinar breaks down the general wall bracing requirements and shows how to use the tables within the IRC to determine if braced wall lines meet those requirements. 75 minutes.

This program was originally presented on July 22, 2014, by APA Engineered Wood Specialist Bob Clark.

Wall Bracing III: Simplified Wall Bracing and What to Provide the Building Official


Due to the many complex options in the wall bracing section of the code, the IRC has created a “simplified method” for wall bracing. This webinar focuses on the IRC’s simplified method, as well as an alternate simplified method developed by APA. 62 minutes.

This program was originally presented on August 21, 2014, by Engineered Wood Specialist Bob Clark.

Wall Bracing IV: Seismic-Related Provisions and Tips to Meeting Them


Many of the bracing provisions in the IRC are intended for regions in higher seismic zones (above seismic category C). This webinar will focus on the options for meeting bracing requirements in higher seismic zones, including the “irregularity” rules in chapter 3 of the IRC. 68 minutes.

This program was originally presented on September 18, 2014, by Engineered Wood Specialist Roger Roatch.

Wall Bracing V: Building Wood Framed Structures for High Wind Resistance


Prescriptive wall bracing is limited to homes in regions with wind speeds less than 110 mph. This webinar provides a top-to-bottom overview of wind-resistant construction methods for wood frame structures located in higher wind zones. Topics of discussion include lessons learned from natural disasters, structural load-path continuity, and recent evolution in shear wall and uplift-resistant design. 54 minutes.

This program was originally presented on October 16, 2014, by Engineered Wood Specialist Bryan Readling.

Designers Circle Webinars

Note: To access these webinars, you must first register as a user of Designers Circle. Earn 1 CEU through AIA for each webinar.

  • Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Tornados—Design of Wood-Frame Structures for Extreme Forces: a top to bottom overview of lateral design for wood-framed structures
  • All-Wood Podiums in Mid-Rise Construction: an architectural case study on the use of an all-wood podium in mixed-use design