APA Product Support Help Desk
Need an immediate solution? Contact the APA Help Desk for answers to your questions about lateral bracing, wood sheathing, and the specification and application of engineered wood products. Ask a question online, call (253) 620-7400, or send an to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seminars, Demonstrations & Web Presentations
APA offers free training and consultation services on the proper specification and application of engineered wood products, including regional seminars and demonstrations, appearances at industry tradeshows and special events, and live online webinars. Visit the Upcoming Events page for current event information.
Interested is scheduling a seminar or web presentation for your group? Contact your local APA Engineered Wood Specialist to discuss these and other continuing education opportunities. APA representatives are available in many major U.S. cities and Canada to provide product support and recommendations.
More than 250 free CAD (computer-aided design) details for wood-frame construction, including narrow wall bracing details, panel wall details, and twenty new advanced framing details based on the Advanced Framing Construction Guide, Form M400. Download details in DWG, DWF, DXF and PDF format. Visit www.apacad.org.
APA's free online educational portal provides courses about engineered wood products and applications. Course registrants can earn continuing education credits (learning units) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD). Wood University courses also meet Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) requirements. Visit www.wooduniversity.org.
Build a Better Home
Preventing moisture from getting trapped in the building envelope is key to constructing long-lasting homes that stay dry and comfortable. Build A Better Home provides simple construction details for moisture-resistant homes, including construction details and builder tips for walls (as well as foundations and roofs) as featured in the in the Build a Better Home publication series from APA.
APA offers hundreds of publications containing detailed technical information for architects, builders, code officials, engineers, specifiers, and others in the trade. The list below includes key publications pertaining to wall construction, wall bracing, wood structural panel wall sheathing, storm and weather resistance, and related topics. Click on any title for a publication description and the option to download a free copy in PDF format. To view all APA publications, visit the online Resource Library.
The APA Publication Update E-newsletter highlights new and updated APA publications. To receive it, sign up for free access to APA publications and click the box next to “Opt-In Publication Newsletter".
APA Delivers Confidence
When you see fully sheathed wood walls with APA’s stamp, you can be confident the home is built with the materials required to meet the most stringent bracing methods. Since the early fifties, APA has collaborated with code bodies to improve wall performance. This collaboration has included a significant evolution in the use of prescriptive wall bracing techniques specifying plywood and OSB. In high wind and seismic events, APA’s expertise is on display with products that meet the industry’s highest performance standards and wall bracing applications aimed at reducing the risk of catastrophic home failure. Learn more about APA.