Advanced Framing

Advanced framing is a key component of green building and value engineering.

There are a variety of advanced framing techniques designed to reduce the amount of lumber used and waste generated throughout the construction of a wood-framed house.

These techniques include:
  • Designing homes on 2-foot modules to make the best use of common sheet good sizes and reduce waste and labor.
  • Spacing wall studs up to 24 inches on-center.
  • Spacing floor joists and roof rafters up to 24 inches on-center.
  • Using two-stud corner framing and inexpensive drywall clips or scrap lumber for drywall backing instead of studs.
  • Eliminating headers in non-load-bearing walls.
  • Using in-line framing in which floor, wall, and roof framing members are vertically in line with one another and loads are transferred directly downward.
  • Using single lumber headers and top plates when appropriate.

Both builders and home owners can benefit from advanced framing.

Advanced framing techniques create a structurally sound home that has lower material and labor costs than a conventionally framed house. The benefits go beyond just framing and lumber – less materials are required throughout the building process – which is better for your budget and the environment.

Advanced framing improves energy efficiency by replacing lumber with insulation material. The whole-wall R-value is improved by reducing thermal bridging through the framing and maximizing the wall area that is insulated.

Advanced framing techniques can be implemented individually or as a complete package, depending on the builder.

Now that’s real savings.