What is the difference between the perforated shear wall method and the segmented shear wall method?

The segmented shear wall method considers each full-height segment individually, and has hold-downs at the ends of each full-height segment. The perforated shear wall method only requires hold downs at the very ends of the shear wall length. Both methods are covered in various AWC standards including Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic and the Wood Frame Construction Manual.

 Read the Perforated Shear Wall Design PDF for more information.