Green Building – Advanced Framing

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. (more…)

Green Building

Green building is the process of being environmentally-responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycleGreen building from siting to design: construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and demolition.

This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort by:

  • Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
  • Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
  • Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation (more…)