Webinars

APA has several recorded webinars available for on-demand viewing. Topics include fire protection of i-joist floors, wall bracing, disaster-resilient design, design of all-wood podiums, and others. Some, but not all, webinars offer CEU credit; if credit is available, it is noted in the webinar description. 


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

Fire Protective Membranes for Lightweight Floors

Both the 2012 and 2015 versions of the International Residential Code (IRC) include fire protective membrane requirements to enhance the fire performance of residential floor systems. This previously recorded webinar discusses several options that satisfy fire-protective membrane requirements of the IRC related to I-joist floor systems. The webinar covers options including:

  • Gypsum board ceiling membranes
  • Gypsum board applied directly to I-joist flanges and webs
  • Ceramic fiber blanket
  • Mineral wool insulation
  • Fire protective coatings

APA is a preferred provider for ICC, and 0.10 credits are available for those who view the webinar at www.apawood.org/i-joist-fire-assemblies.


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.