Wall Bracing Calculator


This wall bracing calculator is a tool designed to simplify and assist in complying with the complexities of the International Residential Code’s (IRC) wall bracing provisions while making it easier to consider various code-compliant wall bracing options for an optimal wall assembly design. See information on wall bracing and code requirements.

DISCLAIMER: This tool is provided "as is" and no warranty or representation is made as to the accuracy of the results obtained. The user must verify suitability for use and compliance with all requirements of the IRC and locally adopted building code and, where appropriate, seek expert advice specific to the proposed construction. This tool is designed for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for professional engineering or architectural services where required by the IRC or local laws regulating the practice of professional design. This tool is not intended to cover all possible code-prescribed or alternative bracing configurations and may not be suitable for all building designs. Users should consult with a professional engineer or architect or knowledgeable building designer to verify the suitability of this tool and its results for their specific building design.
Diagram of wind causing shear, or racking, forces on braced wall lines in a structure Show Full Size Image
Wind loads create shear (racking) forces on braced wall lines (BWLs) oriented in both plan directions. See information on wall bracing and code requirements.
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Typical Braced Wall Line (BWL) Layout for a House Plan. The user must have a building plan and be proficient in identifying a plausible braced wall line layout in a code-compliant manner. See information on wall bracing and code requirements.