Wall Bracing Webinars

Wall Bracing Webinar Series

APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design) have partnered to present a free five-part webinar series on wall bracing. The series begins with a one-hour introductory session covering wall bracing history, theory and strategy. Additional sessions address related topics, including meeting code requirements with wall bracing, the simplified wall bracing method, and bracing for higher seismic and wind zones. Recorded webinar programs can be viewed below.

Series presenters include Bob Clark, Roger Roatch and Bryan Readling, APA Engineered Wood Specialists with a combined 63 years’ experience providing engineered wood product building and design support and recommendations. APA has collaborated with code bodies since the 1950s to improve wall performance and reduce the risk of catastrophic home failure through the development of prescriptive wall bracing techniques that specify plywood and OSB wood structural panel sheathing.

APA's partner in the wall bracing webinar series is AIBD, a non-profit association dedicated to the enhancement, development, and recognition of the residential and building design professions. For more information on other AIBD programs and activities, visit www.aibd.org.

Note that, at this time, CEUs are not available for the Wall Bracing I–V series of prerecorded webinars.


Wall Bracing I: Why Wall Bracing & Wall Bracing Strategy
 


Wall bracing is a method of providing lateral load resistance to residential structures. This webinar, the first in the series, provides an overview of wall bracing strategy and techniques, including how lateral loads are handled through braced wall lines and braced wall panels, an introduction to the wall bracing methods and options provided in the IRC, and the history and development of wall bracing.

This program was originally presented on June 26, 2014.


Wall Bracing II: Meeting the Code Through Prescriptive Wall Bracing
 


With sixteen different types of braced walls included in the IRC, as well as various tables, exceptions, alternates, and connection requirements, meeting the IRC bracing requirements appears to be a very complex task for homebuilders and designers. This webinar breaks down the general wall bracing requirements and shows how to use the tables within the IRC to determine if braced wall lines meet those requirements.

This program was originally presented on July 22, 2014.


Wall Bracing III: Simplified Wall Bracing and
What to Provide the Building Official
 


Due to the many complex options in the wall bracing section of the code, the IRC has created a “simplified method” for wall bracing. This webinar focuses on the IRC’s simplified method, as well as an alternate simplified method developed by APA.

This program was originally presented on August 21, 2014.


Wall Bracing IV: Seismic-Related Provisions and Tips to Meeting Them
 


Many of the bracing provisions in the IRC are intended for regions in higher seismic zones (above seismic category C). This webinar will focus on the options for meeting bracing requirements in higher seismic zones, including the “irregularity” rules in chapter 3 of the IRC.

This program was originally presented on September 18, 2014.


Wall Bracing V: Building Wood Framed Structures for High Wind Resistance
 


Prescriptive wall bracing is limited to homes in regions with wind speeds less than 110 mph. This webinar provides a top to bottom overview of wind-resistant construction methods for wood frame structures located in higher wind zones. Topics of discussion include lessons learned from natural disasters, structural load-path continuity, and recent evolution in shear wall and uplift-resistant design.

This program was originally presented on October 16, 2014.