Today I was going through some old stuff (the moving van arrives in 9 days), and I came across an article that I cut out of Fine Homebuilding in 1988(!!). It's called, "Framing with the Plumber in Mind," and it talks about planning in order to avoid plumber butchery in floor joists, etc. It occurred to me that lot has happened since 1988, with things like PEX, advances in insulation, penetration sealing, etc., and yet this still is probably something that must be addressed.
My question: Is there a more up-to-date source of information (online, perhaps) on this topic? How have modern energy standards changed this? Are builders better able to avoid the kind of plumbing/framing butchery that I read about? (Are pigs learning to fly?)
I ask this because I'm going to be contracting to build a new house in 2013, as energy efficient as I can make it, and I want to know as much as I can going in. Any ideas welcome.