Fast Results and Easy to Use: APA’s Wall Bracing Calculator

May 15, 2018

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Dial-in your wall bracing requirements as required by your inspector—whichever version of the code you use


The APA Wall Bracing Calculator developed by APA – The Engineered Wood Association simplifies the design of residential structures that comply with 2009, 2012, 2015 and 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) wall bracing requirements.

The APA Wall Bracing Calculator is a free tool for use by experienced builders and designers who are familiar with wall bracing. The printable reports show IRC wall bracing compliance and are accepted by most local jurisdictions.

The APA Wall Bracing Calculator helps you:

  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.


Download the APA Wall Bracing Calculator Quick Start Guide for a tutorial at


—This article is from APA, one of ProTradeCraft's advertisers. APA – The Engineered Wood Association is a nonprofit trade association that works with its members to create structural wood products of exceptional strength, versatility, and reliability. Combining the research efforts of scientists and engineers at our research center with decades of fieldwork knowledge, and member manufacturers, APA promotes new solutions and improved processes that benefit the entire industry.  View all APA content.