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Upcoming Webinar: Sustainable Structures Built With Engineered Wood

Sustainable Structures Built with Engineered Wood webinar

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 9–10 a.m. PDT

As society seeks a more sustainable future, sustainable building construction is becoming more important. This program looks at sustainability in the construction industry and the role of wood construction, specifically, designing with engineered wood products. Participants will learn best practices to improve design, specification and installation of sustainable solutions using engineered wood systems.

AIA and ICC credits are available to participants.


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Getting Technical

Setting the Standards for Mass Timber Products

APA is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop national consensus standards for several engineered wood products, including cross-laminated timber (CLT) and glulam. The ANSI standard for North American CLT, PRG-320, Standard for Performance Rated Cross-Laminated Timber, is a binational (U.S. and Canada) standard first published in 2011. In 2013, three American National Standards were transferred from the American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) to APA. These include:

  • Glulam testing in the APA Research LabANSI A190.1 (previously ANSI/AITC A190.1) Standard for Wood Products—Structural Glued Laminated Timber
  • ANSI 117 (previously AITC 117) Standard Specification for Structural Glued Laminated Timber of Softwood Species
  • ANSI 405 (previously AITC 405) Standard for Adhesives for use in Structural Glued Laminated Timber

APA has a long and extensive history in building codes and standards development activities. It serves, for example, as the sponsor for the standing committees of U.S. Voluntary Product Standard PS 1 for Structural Plywood, the consensus softwood plywood standard, and Voluntary Product Standard PS 2, the U.S. harmonized performance standard developed under the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement. It has developed performance standards over the years for numerous products, including engineered wood siding, engineered wood rim boards, structural insulated panels and prefabricated wood I-joists.

Learn more about APA’s standards activities and download seven ANSI standards. GO >

Inside the Circle

Meet John Grant

John Grant, APA Engineered Wood SpecialistJohn Grant is an experienced educator in the fields of teaching, construction and personal training. He has a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California Santa Barbara. Most recently, John cultivated a growing, loyal clientele as a personal trainer, but is eager to get back into the construction industry, where he designed schools, churches, offices and senior housing for two architectural design firms, Arkitex Studio and Irwin-Pancake Architects. He is based in Dallas.

Join Our Team!

Based in the mid-Atlantic region or Northeast? We are hiring an Engineered Wood Specialist, as well as other positions in other areas. Browse APA's current job openings. GO >

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