Category Archives: Building Codes


WoodWorks’ National Symposium Will Serve as a Kickoff for Building Competition

WoodWorks — Wood Products Council will host a National Symposium, ‘Toward Taller Wood Buildings’ in Chicago on November 6 and


Engineered Wood at IBS 2014

This week we’ve been at The International Builders’s Show in Las Vegas with LP Building Products. One of the features


Building With Science

With codes continuing to trend toward tighter envelopes and homebuyers demanding greater efficiency, more and more builders are seeing the


Energy-Efficient Housing Upgrades Can Increase Value For Homeowners

There are lots of ways homeowners can increase the resale value of their home. Often times, this includes improvements like


Case Study: LP® FlameBlock® Helps Chicago Architecture Firm Meet Code Requirements In Multi-Family Units

One of Chicago’s leading residential and commercial design firms, FitzGerald Associates Architects is committed to creating architecture that works and


Decoding the 2012 IECC: Understanding Changes in the Context of a Home’s System

It’s been over a year since the International Code Council released the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). While adoption


Relaunched PerformanceWalls.org Offers Extensive Free Resources On Code-Compliant Wall Construction

APA-The Engineered Wood Association recently launched an updated iteration of PerformanceWalls.org, a leading resource for building safe, cost effective, energy


APA Announces Internal Promotion, Ed Elias To Serve As Next President

The APA Board of Trustees announced last week that APA executive Ed Elias was named the next president of APA


Meeting Fire Codes with OSB

On average, a structural fire occurs almost once per minute. Fire-resistant construction aims to preserve the structural integrity of a


Roof Designs and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS)

EW: What is the Home Energy Rating System (HERS)? AJ: The HERS Index has become an industry standard in measuring


New Guide Helps Builders Navigate 2012 Residential Code

A new guide was recently co-published by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC)


APA Expands on Wall Bracing Method Report

APA – The Engineered Wood Association has expanded System Report SR-102. The initial report details a simplified wall bracing method


Carbon Challenge Residential Design Competition to Kick off this Week

The Carbon Challenge Design competition will kick off this week in Baltimore, Md., and Providence R.I. The competition is a


Shrinkage: Less is More

EW: Why do you recommend woodframing in 4–5–story construction? CN: Wood is readily available, and it has considerable strength and


Case Study: FRCC OSB Sheathing Provides Burn-Through Fire Resistance, Withstands Weather

For many first time homebuyers seeking both beauty and community, condominiums are often the house of choice. With over 40 years


Wood Buildings, Skyscrapers of the Future?

As builders in Europe and Australia have begun constructing tall wood buildings, a number of Canadian architects are hoping to


Preventing Callbacks With Engineered Wood (AIA Course Offerings)

The full weight of a home’s interior ultimately rests on the sub-flooring. That includes walls, ceilings, cabinets, appliances, furniture, and


LSL for Whole-House Framing (AIA Course Offerings)

When it comes to straightness and strength, laminated strand lumber (LSL) many advantages over traditional lumber for a variety of


Case Study: KTGY and Avalon Bay Keep Rent Affordable by Limiting Construction Costs with FRCC OSB Sheathing

For many younger renters, urban living is about the lifestyle—proximity to work, to the restaurants they love, to the hearts


Satisfying Fire Codes With OSB (AIA Course Offerings)

Are you looking for alternatives to meeting fire codes? Fire-rated cementitious coated OSB offers structural performance and fire resistance in


Living By The Code

With the arrival of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the building industry begins the process of adopting the code at the state level. In line with the goals set by the U.S. Department of Energy, the 2012 IECC sets out to achieve a 30 percent energy savings over previously published codes.


Straighten Up

With ever-evolving building codes raising the performance bar for wood products and dwindling supplies of high-grade, long-length lumber, a number of industry professionals are turning to engineered wood products, especially laminated strand lumber (LSL).


Features to Consider for an Easier Transition into Green Building

As the expectation for green homes increases, it’s important for builders to keep up with the latest trends in green


APA Announces Wood Design Web Portal

APA – The Engineered Wood Association has launched Designers Circle, a new educational resource for builders, architects, engineers and building


Wood is Good

Homebuilders have more reasons to use more wood building products in home construction than ever before. For one thing, the


Facts & Figures

According to a recent study* by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the recent housing downturn has changed what


Blown Away

Along the coast and in hurricane zones, homebuilders have unique concerns about the quality of their building materials, such as


Whole Lotta Shaking

After two weeks of brutal testing on top of the world’s largest earthquake shake table, the seven-story NEESWood Capstone Test