FWPA Building Innovations

Simpson Strong Tie Walls

Simpson Strong Tie produces a wood panel called the Strong-Wall Shearwall, made with Oriented Strand Board (OSB) sheathing and glue-lam studs. Proprietary metal strips and connecting hardware secure the panel to the building’s structural framing, creating a continuously secured rigid unit in areas where shear walls are specified. Frames are available in various common heights and widths.  When framing homes or other structures, builders leave openings required for the shear wall panels. The panels are then inserted into the openings and attached. For the wood system, hold-downs are attached, and each frame comes with an anchor bolting template. For the steel system, sheathing and finishes are affixed with self-tapping screws. Each frame comes with a sized template for sole plate or foundation anchor bolting. Additional structural coordination will be required between foundation and wall framing.


Suits shear walls with limited wall run availability. High resistance to in-plane loads (wind or earthquake). This may be especially needed in narrow walls (such as garage door areas) where there is no space to transfer lateral forces using traditional wood-panel based shear walls.


Costs; panels are manufactured in the shop - need for transportation; may be heavy to lift in place depending on panel size.






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Forest and Wood Products Australia Limited (FWPA), a not for profit company, is the Australian forestry and wood  products industry’s service provider, investing in research and development, and providing research results and generic promotions to the Australoian industry. FWPA aims to improve the competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian forest and wood products industry through innovation, investment in effective and relevant R&D and communication of the results to stakeholders. Read more about FWPA at www.fwpa.com.au

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Forest and Wood Products Australia
Level 11, 10-16 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9927 3200
Fax: +61 3 9927 3288
Email: info@fwpa.com.au