News from APA

Online Resource Kit Educates Building Pros on Stock Glulam Beams 

Articles and case studies from APA foster understanding of glulam capabilities, applications
APA–The Engineered Wood Association is expanding its extensive educational tools with a new online resource kit on stock glulam beams, providing information and case studies that inform end-users on non-custom glulam beams and showcase the... read more

Wall Bracing Featured in New APA Video 

Video highlights the importance of code required wall bracing as a component of resilient wall construction
APA has produced a new online video designed to educate builders and designers about the wall bracing requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC). In Wall Bracing: Satisfy the Code With Strong, Resilient, Fully Sheathed Walls , Senior... read more

Alamco Announces Plans to Join APA – The Engineered Wood Association 

With Alamco, APA will represent more than 90 percent of North American glulam manufacture
Alamco Wood Products, LLC, a glulam manufacturer located in Albert Lea, Minnesota, has announced plans to re-join APA – The Engineered Wood Association effective Feb. 1, 2015. The move was approved by the APA Board of Trustees earlier this... read more

BJ Yeh Named Chairman of CSA A369 

Dr. Yeh to lead the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels
Dr. BJ Yeh, Director of Technical Services for APA – The Engineered Wood Association, has been named chairman of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A369 Technical Committee on Wood-Based Panels, which is responsible for four national consensus ... read more

Metriguard’s Jim Logan Receives Bronson J. Lewis Award 

"Truly a pioneer in the engineered wood products industry," Logan is recognized for leadership and outstanding contributions
Jim Logan, owner and president of Metriguard Inc. of Pullman, Washington, was honored with the Bronson J. Lewis Award from APA – The Engineered Wood Association during its Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, in November. The annual award is named... read more

APA and EWTA Members Gather for 2014 Annual Meeting 

Over 420 attendees convene in San Antonio
More than 420 APA – The Engineered Wood Association members, Engineered Wood Technology Association (EWTA) members, staff, spouses and guests gathered Nov. 8 – 11 at the JW Marriott in the Hill Country of San Antonio, Texas, for the 2014 APA Annual... read more

APA Redesigns Suite of Web Sites 

Revamped sites offer simplified navigation, improved search of APA's engineered wood resources.
APA–The Engineered Wood Association has redesigned and launched, along with sister sites,,, and The redeveloped websites feature extensive upgrades that provide... read more

ICC-ES and APA Publish First Joint Evaluation Report for Engineered Wood Products 

The International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and APA – The Engineered Wood Association have published the first Joint Evaluation Report for engineered wood products
The International Code Council Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) and APA – The Engineered Wood Association have published the first Joint Evaluation Report for engineered wood products. ESR-1301 demonstrates LP SmartSide® Precision Lap Siding and LP... read more

APA Publishes New System Report: Fire Protection of Wood I-Joist Floors 

Report delineates fire-protection options that satisfy 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) requirements
APA – The Engineered Wood Association has released APA System Report SR-405: Fire Protection of Floors Constructed with Prefabricated Wood I-Joists for Compliance with the 2012 International Residential Code. The report provides several practical... read more

Thompson River Accepted into Membership 

British Columbia manufacturer is the fourth Canadian plywood producer to join APA in 2014
APA – The Engineered Wood Association announced that Thompson River Veneer Products Ltd., Kamloops, British Columbia, has been approved for membership by the APA Board of Trustees. The company has been operating as a dry veneer supplier and plywood... read more

APA and AIBD to Present Wall Bracing Webinar Series 

Free five-part series will cover multiple aspects of wall bracing, including bracing for higher seismic and wind zones
APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) are teaming to present a free five-part webinar series on wall bracing. The series will begin June 26, 2014 with a one-hour introductory session covering wall bracing history, theory and strategy. ... read more

Three Canadian Plywood Mills Approved for APA Membership 

With additions, APA membership will represent roughly 60 percent of Canada's plywood production
APA – The Engineered Wood Association approved three Canadian plywood mills for membership during the Association’s Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Richmond Plywood Corporation Ltd., Richmond, British Columbia;... read more

2013 APA Safety and Health Award Winners Announced 

Program honors manufacturers for safety strides
APA – The Engineered Wood Association recently announced the winners of its 2013 Safety and Health Awards, a program that encourages and recognizes safety and operational excellence in the North American structural panel and engineered wood... read more

APA Releases 2014 Market Outlook 

Recovery of housing market expected to drive growth in demand for engineered wood products by 30 to 45 percent through 2018.
Despite adverse weather conditions across much of the country that hampered the forward momentum of the US economy in early 2014, APA – The Engineered Wood Association predicts that gradual, stable growth lies ahead in wood product sectors.... read more

APA Issues New System Report: Using Wood Structural Panels with Raised-Heel Trusses 

Construction method provides simple steps to meeting the lateral and wind uplift load requirements of the IRC
Links to cover art APA – The Engineered Wood Association outlines an efficient, cost-effective construction solution for using wood structural panels with raised-heel (or energy-heel) trusses in a new System Report, Use of Wood Structural Panels ... read more

ICC and APA Present Wall Bracing Seminars 

Program helps demystify 2012 IRC wood wall bracing provisions
The International Code Council (ICC) and APA – The Engineered Wood Association, in partnership with the Ohio Board of Building Standards, are offering a series of 2012 IRC Wood Wall Bracing Seminars in locations across Ohio. Presented by Bob Clark,... read more