APA offers both live webinars and recorded webinars for on-demand viewing. Topics include engineered wood basics, fire protection of I-joist floors, wall bracing, disaster-resilient design, design of all-wood podiums, and others. Some, but not all, webinars offer CEU credit; if credit is available, it is noted in the webinar description. 

Shear Wall Analysis Made Easy: Force Transfer Around Openings Calculator
May 10—1 p.m. EDT, 10 a.m. PDTFTAO Webinar

Force Transfer Around Openings (FTAO) is a popular method of shear wall analysis for wood-framed buildings. Join APA Engineered Wood Specialist Alese Ashuckian, PE, for Shear Wall Analysis Made Easy: Force Transfer Around Openings Calculator. The presentation will include an overview of APA’s free design tool, the FTAO Calculator, and explain how it can help engineers and code officials in the design and implementation of FTAO shear walls, with a focus on asymmetric piers and multiple openings. This course has been approved for ICC and AIA continuing education credits.

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On-Demand Webinar
After the Storm: Building for High Wind ResistanceT110

APA Engineered Wood Specialist Mary Uher presents After the Storm, a webinar focusing on common structural failures observed during storm damage assessments. The presentation includes an overview of high wind forces, the importance of a continuous load path, and how good design and construction practices can improve the storm resistance of buildings.

Mary also discusses code requirements and APA’s above-code recommendations for wind-resistant building, as well as how attention to connection details, understanding lateral load concepts, and recognizing common failure modes seen in storm damage assessments can help builders cost effectively build a safer home and reduce future storm damage. This course is approved by AIA (1 HSW/LU) and ICC (0.10 CEU).

Mary Uher is part of a team of APA engineers who have conducted recent storm damage assessments and provided design recommendations for wind resistance.

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Resolving Wood Shear Wall Design Puzzles with Force Transfer Around Openings 

Provides an overview of the force transfer around openings (FTAO) shear wall design approach, recent research in this area, and a side-by-side comparison of design results between segmented, perforated, and FTAO design methods. (AIA, ICC, and NCSEA credits available. Presented by Jared Hensley, PE, APA Engineered Wood Specialist. Webinar #DES415, American Wood Council.)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will investigate past and current methods for determining force transfer around openings for wood shear walls through discussion of the joint research project of APA – The Engineered Wood Association, the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).
  2. Participants will compare the effects of different opening sizes, full-height pier sizes, and their relationships to the three industry shear wall approaches by illustrating use of the segmented, perforated, and FTAO methods.
  3. Participants will observe how the study examined internal forces generated during loading by reviewing full-scale wall test data as well as analytical modeling performed in determining statistical accuracy.
  4. Participants will conclude that research results obtained from this study can be used to support different design methodologies in estimating forces around openings accurately.

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Fire-Protective Assemblies for Residential Floors

Gypsum board installed on bottom flange of I-joistsNew Design Options that Meet IRC Provisions for Fire-Protective Membranes

This APA webinar focuses on newly developed assemblies for meeting the fire protective membrane requirements of the International Residential Code, specifically as they relate to I-joist floor systems.

The webinar reviews the options in the IRC, including drop-in gypsum board (supported on top of bottom flanges), partial sprinkler systems, and fire protective coatings.

This webinar does not offer continuing education credits at this time.

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Back to Basics Engineered Wood Training Series

APA's family of engineered wood productsHELP YOUR TEAM GET UP TO SPEED

Manufacturers, distributors, and builders are all reporting a critical need for training as they rebuild from the recession and hire new employees. APA’s new, comprehensive training series includes six “back to basics” modules that cover key topics related to I-joists, Rim Board®, laminated veneer lumber, and glulam. The training modules run between 30 and 90 minutes each and are presented by an APA Engineered Wood Specialist.

Modules that last an hour or more offer continuing education credits for participants.

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APA On-Demand Webinars

Structural damage after wind stormEarn 1 CEU through AIA for each webinar

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and Tornados—Design of Wood-Frame Structures for Extreme Forces: a top to bottom overview of lateral design for wood-framed structures

All-Wood Podiums in Mid-Rise Construction: an architectural case study on the use of an all-wood podium in mixed-use design

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AIBD/APA Wall Bracing Webinar Series


The Wall Bracing Webinar series is presented by APA and AIBD (American Institute of Building Design), a non-profit association dedicated to the enhancement, development, and recognition of the residential and building design professions. 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.

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 1950’s 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.

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

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