APA Resources for Construction in the UK and EU
Our online resource, www.test.apawood-europe.org, provides the technical information you need for using US engineered wood products in Europe – from understanding the APA trademark to the performance characteristics for specific applications.
Learn more about the main individual standards relevant to wood-based products and news about any changes, as well as the latest on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and the European Timber Regulation. When you want to specify APA trademarked plywood, OSB and LVL, our guide will help you quickly check the appropriate standards for your construction application. For I-joists, with currently no harmonised European standard, you can find out about the application of ETAG 011 (Guideline for European Technical Approval of Light Composite Wood-based Beams and Columns).
APA’s Global Technical Support Desk: Engineered wood experts are available to answer your questions about the specification and application of APA products, for both construction and non construction applications. Ask a question online or call APA on 001 253 620 7400. Or refer to Performance Panels for non construction info.
www.apawood.org: APA’s primary website is your link to in-depth design and building support, including a library of nearly 500 publications available for free instant download.
www.apacad.org. APACAD provides more than 200 free CAD details for wood-frame construction. Details available in DWG, DWF, DXF and PDF format.
www.wooduniversity.org. Wood University is an online educational portal featuring free courses about engineered wood products and applications. It is an approved continuing professional development provider for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Institute of Building Design (AIBD).
APA’s history and expansion
APA is a non-profit trade association based in Tacoma where it has established one of the leading wood research facilities in America. APA member mills produce the majority of engineered wood products manufactured in the US – including structural plywood, oriented strand board (OSB), glued laminated (glulam) timber, wood I-joists and composite structural lumber such as laminated veneer lumber (LVL).
It has recently expanded its research facilities to meet demand for full-scale structural assembly testing. To achieve this, the 42,000 square-foot building had to raise a section of its roof to 40 feet high and add a 4-foot-thick reinforced strong floor, 10 strong wall blocks with anchors, twin 5-ton cranes and new equipment.
APA’s gold standard quality testing and auditing
APA member mills operate under one of the most stringent third-party quality control testing and certification programmes in the global structural wood products industry.
The quality of APA’s third party certification for its member mills is reflected in the acceptance of APA products and their applications by international regulatory bodies, including those in Europe. Rather than relying on testing the finished product, the scheme focuses on setting standards of excellence through every stage of production in each member mill.
The APA trademark is the manufacturer’s assurance that the product conforms to the manufacturing and product performance standards shown on the trademark. The mark appears only on products manufactured by APA members committed to APA’s rigorous programme of quality inspection and testing. The trademark also carries details of the product’s properties and intended uses.