APA in the Media

Highlights of APA's editorial coverage over the preceding year.


March 2018

Specialty products help dealers and builders solve jobsite, code, and labor challenges

Wood panels and dimension lumber may seem like everyday items in most lumberyards, but thanks to innovations from manufacturers, they're anything but boring. Whether meeting energy codes, saving labor, or resisting moisture, the latest materials give dealers and their builder customers more options than ever to improve the performance of homes while saving time and hassles. Read more.
—published in LBM Journal



Straight-Line Wind Damage Analysis

A straight-line wind event took place in Rockwall, Texas, March 29, 2017, producing significant structural damage resulting in four red- and five yellow-tagged homes. The National Weather Service in Fort Worth estimated the storm's wind speed to be 100 to 110 mph. Before demolition of the most impacted home, APA field staff followed through with an opportunity to survey the damage. Read more.
—published in Structure Magazine



No Noise is Good Noise: All-wood flooring systems reduce more than just sound

Wood is known for its natural ability to improve acoustic performance—to either dampen or expose sound to exacting requirements. In the music industry, wood forms the acoustical body of many instruments, such as pianos, violins, and guitars. Within the building industry, however, wood assemblies act as sound barriers, reducing noise pollution and reverberation. In walls, partitions, and floor-ceiling assemblies, designers and engineers use wood systems to meet acoustical rating requirements. Read more.
—published in Construction Specifier

February 2018

Better Floor Performance Starts with a Solid Subfloor System

Beautiful hardwood floors are an investment expected to last a lifetime. To ensure the best long-term performance and appearance, careful attention must be given to proper subfloor installation and mitigating moisture risks. Proper installation starts with specifying and installing the right subfloor materials. Read more.
—published in Hardwood Floors

January 2018

Utilizing Force Transfer Around Openings

The lateral force-resisting system tends to be one of the most challenging aspects of the structural design of a building. In today’s wood-framed construction, designers consistently see larger buildings combined with bigger and more numerous window and door openings. This construction trend usually translates into reduced areas for lateral resistance throughout the structure. Read more.
—published in Structure Magazine

December 2017

Plywood Surface Patterns and Textures Yield Variety of Concrete Finishes

Concrete finishes are typically intended to be smooth — polished even. There are polishing machines and sealants aplenty to achieve that flawless look. Careful selection and use of plywood concrete forms can also influence the finished appearance and texture. Various specialty and textured panels are available. Read more.
—published in Concrete Decor



Specifying the right plywood for concrete formwork

Concrete formwork may represent close to half the cost of a concrete structure. For cost-effective building, contractors select forming panels that will stand up to the job and to multiple uses. Read more.
—published in Construction Specifier

November 2017

Design considerations in engineered wood floor systems

Building owners and occupants frequently take it for granted floors will be squeak-free and structurally sound. The consistency and uniform performance of engineered wood makes it easier to build floors meeting these expectations. While traditional lumber products often vary due to natural imperfections such as knots and splits, engineered wood products are manufactured to be even and true in size without voids, gaps, or twists. The result should be a stable, sturdy final product. Read more.
—published in Construction Canada

October 2017

Designing with engineered wood products

Multifamily construction represents nearly half of Canada’s housing starts, and the trend toward more urban housing is pushing developers and designers to adopt design methods that meet the burgeoning demand for innovative apartment and condominium dwellings. This article examines three ways engineered wood products and wood systems are being used to bring efficiency, flexibility, and striking designs to multifamily construction: panelization with both prefabricated wall and floor assemblies; a mass timber hybrid system using cross-laminated timber (CLT) and other structural wood building materials in building assemblies; and podium construction. Read more.
—published in Construction Canada

September 2017

Nailing Down the Details

In construction, it's the details that can make or break a project. When it comes to the building envelope (walls, floors and roof), even something as simple as nail spacing and pattern can have a major impact on a home's overall performance. Walls, floors and roofs are critical structural components to any home. Properly installed floor systems also reduce, or even alleviate, squeaking and other noises underfoot. Read more.
—published in The Merchant Magazine and Building Products Digest

August 2017

The Portal Frame Option

As an engineer with APA - The Engineered Wood Association, one of my jobs is to help study the damage from extreme weather events such as tornadoes. Often, APA teams see buildings that were damaged or destroyed by winds of less than the design wind speed specified in the building code (see “A Texas Tornado: Lessons Learned,” May/17). Occasionally we even see a house that has been severely damaged by straight-line winds from a thunderstorm—the kind of wind pressure that a modern wood-frame house should be able to handle. Often we conclude that a damaged home most likely would have stood up to the storm if the builder had applied code-required structural details such as wall bracing and anchor bolts. Read more.
—published in The Journal of Light Construction

July 2017

Merchant Magazine and Building Products Digest

APA contributed a number of pieces to the July issue of Merchant Magazine and Building Products Digest. These articles discussed sustainable building, nail-base sheathing, mass timber construction, I-joist tips to prevent customer callbacks, and more. Read more.
—published in Merchant Magazine and Building Products Digest

January 2017

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