Advanced framing is a term that is being thrown around a lot. What does it really mean, and why should it matter to you?
Advanced framing is one of the most cost-effective solutions you can use when building a home. Not only will it be structurally sound, but it will balance the ever-growing energy codes with building code requirements. Through advanced framing, you can improve your materials and produce a quality wood-framed building. So what makes a frame advanced?
- Single top plates (rather than double top plates)
- Single headers (rather than double headers and cripples)
- Insulated three-stud corners or two-stud corner with ladder blocking
- In-line or stacked framing 2×6 wood studs spaced 24 inches on center (rather than 2×4 wood studs spaced 16 inches on
- Walls continuously sheathed with plywood or OSB
- Use of jack studs and cripples around openings (when required)
Using this form of framing will reduce material and labor costs. Pair this with fully sheathed OSB panels, and you have a structure that can stand up to nature and the home owners!
So if you would like to produce structurally sound and energy efficient homes, while also keeping the costs down, advanced framing is for you.
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