Wall Bracing Calculator
This tool is intended to simplify the design of residential structures that comply with 2009 and 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) wall bracing requirements. The easy-to-follow process automatically determines how much bracing is required, whether there is enough qualified bracing, and whether all the IRC placement rules have been met. Along with streamlining the calculations, it verifies compliance without the user having to sift through pages and pages of code. And it generates a printout of the project to bring to building code officials.
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General Information on Wood Frame Construction
Engineered wood products are used in a host of structural applications, ranging from home construction to agricultural buildings to large commercial structures. In both residential and commercial construction, engineered wood products are essential components in floors, walls, and roofs.
Related APA Publications
The following publications provide detailed information on wood framed construction systems.
- APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30
- Diaphragms and Shear Walls, Form L350
- Fire-Rated Systems, Form W305
- Noise-Rated Systems, Form W460
- Introduction to Lateral Design, Form X305
- Brace Walls with Wood, Form G440
- Roof Sheathing Fastening Schedules for Wind Uplift, Form T325
- Wind-Rated Roofs: Designing Commercial Roofs to Withstand Wind Uplift Forces, Form G310
- Building for High Wind Resistance in Light-Frame Wood Construction, Form M310
- Advanced Framing Construction Guide, Form M400
- Technical Topics: Wind Resistance of Wood Structural Penel Sheathed Walls, Form TT-110
Additional information on wood frame construction can also be found in the following publications.
American Wood Council
APA's website is your link to in-depth design and building support, including a library of more than 400 publications available for instant PDF download or hard-copy purchase.
APA Field Services
The APA Field Services team consists of full-time engineered wood specialists located throughout North America. These engineered wood experts include engineers, architects, and construction experts who are available to provide information and recommendations to construction and design professionals.
APA Product Support Help Desk
The APA Product Support Help Desk, a free service, is available to answer your questions pertaining to the specification and application of engineered wood products and systems. Staffed by specialists who have the knowledge to address a diverse range of inquires related to engineered wood, the Help Desk receives hundreds of e-mails, faxes, and phone calls each week from a wide variety of users and specifiers of engineered wood products.
Links to Related Organizations
A comprehensive list of links to organizations and resources that are of interest to the engineered wood and construction communities.