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Technical publications and guidelines explaining how to use APA products in both structural and non-structural applications. Specially for architects and specifiers, case studies illustrating the creative use of engineered wood.

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Help & support

Access to engineered wood specialists to answer your questions about the specification and application of APA products. Ask a question online or telephone 001 253 620 7400.

The Wood University

The online research centre for learning more about engineered wood.

Specifiers

Quality control

Quality auditing and laboratory testing are integral to APA. Its OSB and plywood member mills operate one of the strictest systems of third-party certification, based on ISO 9000, in the global structural panel industry.

Non structural

Plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) engineered wood panels are used in the manufacture of upholstered furniture, truck linings, pallets, and a host of applications where both performance and value are important.

Structural

Engineered wood products offer strength, dependability, versatility and value for a variety of construction projects – from homes to bridges, even for those structures facing severe weather challenges. For wood-frame construction, APA provides architects and specifiers with more than 200 free CAD details.

Green Topics

Life cycle assessment

An essential part of green building, life cycle analysis (LCA) offers an objective and consistent way to measure the environmental impact of all types of constructions and the materials from which they are made.

Sustainability & Standards

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) helps define a product’s environmental impact, assisted by the rules laid down in the new standard EN 15804. Also, see how APA products comply with European standards and regulations.

Forest Management & Certification

APA wood products are sourced from sustainably managed resources and consume far less energy compared to metal and petroleum based products, leaving a significantly smaller carbon footprint. This renewable, recyclable and biodegradable resource is easily manufactured into products that reduce waste by decreasing disposal costs and product damage.