Spring 2020

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Engineered Wood Construction Guide

The authoritative guide to building engineered wood floors, walls and roofs

Engineered wood products and constructionAPA's Engineered Wood Construction Guide, Form E30, is the authoritative guide to building engineered wood floors, walls and roofs. Updated earlier this year, the 100-page reference manual features information on engineered wood products, recommendations for their use in residential and commercial construction and guidance on proper specification practices.

The guide is available at no charge when downloaded from the website (note: due to Covid-19 control measures, no print copies are being shipped at this time).

Building with engineered wood offers dependable performance, design flexibility, low in-place cost, sustainability and resilience. Engineered wood products are designed and manufactured to maximize the natural strength and stiffness characteristics of wood by optimally orienting the wood veneers, strands or laminations and by combining wood with durable structural adhesives. The resulting products are well suited for a wide range of applications and design needs, including wind and fire resistance, diaphragms and shear walls, noise control, energy efficiency, concrete forming and others.

Getting Technical

Upcoming Webinar: Frame for Success, Avoid Callbacks

June 4, 2020, 10–11:00 am Pacific

Frame for Success: Avoid CallbacksBased on hundreds of job site inspections, APA staff have identified the most common wood construction framing and sheathing errors found in today’s construction market. This session will examine the consequences of these common errors and provide practical solutions for avoiding them. This course is approved by AIA (1 LU/HSW) and ICC (0.10 CEU). REGISTER >

Inside the Circle

Stephanie Thomas-ReesMeet Stephanie Thomas-Rees

Stephanie is an Engineered Wood Specialist at APA – The Engineered Wood Association. From her location  in Central Florida, Stephanie  consults  with builders, designers, code officials and suppliers  on using engineered wood products efficiently and cost effectively.   Stephanie  is  an experienced designer and energy professional  with a bachelor’s degree in architectural design from Clemson University and a master’s degree in energy efficient building from Oxford Brookes University. As a building science professional,  Stephanie’s past roles include  project architect, designated energy efficiency coordinator,  code coordinator and  adjunct professor teaching sustainable design and building materials.

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