APA-The Engineered Wood Association released a new video it says is designed to educate builders and designers about the wall bracing requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC).
In the video, entitled "Wall Bracing: Satisfy the Code With Strong, Resilient, Fully Sheathed Walls," APA engineered wood specialist Bob Clark discusses wall bracing methods required by the 2009, 2012, and 2015 IRC. Those codes are designed to support a house against lateral loads like high winds and earthquakes.
“Lateral resistance must be planned during design and built into the structure during construction," Clark says. "Experience has taught us how structures can be designed and built to resist wind and seismic events, and protect not only the inhabitants, but also the integrity of the structure."
The video also introduces readers to APA's Wall Line Bracing Calculator, a free online tool intended to help designers through the framing process.