Highlights of APA's editorial coverage over the preceding year.
Engineered wood and frame-grade panels provide backbone for upholstered furniture
Wood is the product of choice when it comes to manufacturing furniture. Plywood has been used in furniture frames for many years. And as manufacturers continue to streamline and automate their assembly processes, frame-grade plywood and OSB and other engineered wood products are proving a reliable choice for furniture frames—not only for their strength, economy, and workability, but also for attributes like environmental value and indoor air quality. Read more.
—published in Woodworking Network
The Best Way to Frame
"Advanced framing has been around for fifty years or more, but somehow it is still new to many framing crews. Probably because tape measures have red marks every 16 inches, and we are all accustomed to framing at 16 inches on center. But why is 16 inches the magic number? Why not 13, 14, 15, or 17? Because plywood, that's why. 48 inches is neatly divisible by 16. NEWS FLASH: 48 is also divisible by 24." Read more.
—published in ProTradeCraft
Concrete Form Maintenance
When it comes to concrete structures, formwork may represent close to half the cost. Fortunately, concrete forms are durable workhorses that can be used over and over with proper maintenance and upkeep. Here are seven ways to extend the life and usefulness of your plywood concrete forms. Read more.
—published in Concrete Construction
Takeaways from 2015 Texas tornadoes: Construction details make a difference
Stronger building components combined with more intentionally constructed connections can mean the difference between buildings that withstand tornadoes and those that don’t. A common myth is that all tornadoes are so powerful that structural failure is unavoidable no matter how well a building is constructed. In truth, most tornadoes are not that strong. Weaker tornadoes rated as EF0, EF1 and EF2 comprise 95 percent of all tornadoes. These smaller, less-violent tornadoes produce winds which a carefully constructed building can be expected to withstand. Read more.
—published in Building Design + Constuction, bdcnetwork.com.
Building With Raised-Heel Trusses
APA – The Engineered Wood Association has released a new construction guide, Raised-Heel Trusses for Efficient, Cost-Effective, Comfortable Homes (Form R330). The eight-page guide offers detailed illustrations and installation instructions and describes how a raised-heel truss construction system can increase the structural and energy performance of a home and save on costs. Read more.
—published in Probuilder.com
Wood still a Basic Building Block
The lodging industry has many more demographics and brands than ever before. Technology must be acknowledged and accommodated; in some cases, it has changed the way designers envision the layout of guest rooms as a whole. But while technology may dictate much of hotel design, wood still plays a major structural and aesthetic role. Read more.
—published in Commercial Architecture