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New! APA Wall Bracing Calculator


APA � The Engineered Wood Assocation has created a Wall Bracing Calculator freely available through their website, The tool is designed to simplify the design of residential structures that comply with 2009, 2012, and/or2015 International Residential Code (IRC) wall bracing requirements and intended for use by designers familiar with wall bracing.

The APA Wall Bracing Calculator allows designers familiar with wall bracing to:

  1. Create a project and identify its pertinent details.
  2. Pictorially identify and calculate the bracing requirements of each braced wall line.
  3. Pictorially identify, qualify, and locate each bracing segment on a given wall line.
  4. Export the results to a printable document.

Additionally, the tool is flexible enough to allow designers to import an existing project into its database or create a new project from scratch. It allows several fields of input including design wind speed, wind exposure category, cripple wall, and more.

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