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Three Easy and Essential Advanced Framing Techniques

Stick-built homes that don’t use these techniques are missing an easy opportunity to save energy and cut construction costs

Posted on May 17 2017 by Allison A. Bailes III, PhD

Most new homes in North America are built with sticks. The early home builders used bigger pieces of wood — timbers — and when the smaller dimensional lumber that we use so much today hit the market, they scoffed at those new-fangled little woody things, calling them sticks. Now our home construction industry is full of people who do stick building and the home you live is most likely stick-built. And sadly, many of the techniques used to build many of those homes are the same used before we started insulating them.

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  1. Energy Vanguard
  2. US Dept. of Energy

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Movin’ On Up

The foundation is in and framing is ready to start

Posted on Sep 5 2016 by Carl Seville

Carl Seville and his wife are building themselves a new home in Decatur, Georgia. The first blog in this series was titled The Third Time’s the Charm. Links to all of the blogs in this series can be found in the “Related Articles” sidebar below.

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  1. All photos: Carl Seville

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Building in Japan

Cutting edge energy-efficient designs are hard to find — and poorly insulated walls are the norm

Posted on Feb 11 2013 by Scott Gibson

Energy efficient houses are becoming more common in the U.S., even if progress sometimes seems halting. What about building practices in other parts of the world? Are builders elsewhere more progressive about using new materials and techniques, or sticking to the old ways?

We get one take on this question from Eric Matsuzawa of Connecticut, who's getting ready to build a house in a Climate Zone 4A region of Japan. Conditions would be similar to those of Virginia, not especially harsh. But what Matsuzawa is learning about local building practices is giving him pause for thought.

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The Pros and Cons of Advanced Framing

Optimum value engineering (OVE) can same money, time, materials, and energy — but is it worth the hassle?

Posted on Dec 24 2010 by Martin Holladay

Advanced framingHouse-framing techniques in which lumber use is optimized, saving material and improving the energy performance of the building envelope., also called optimum value engineering (OVE), is a framing system that aims to pare the amount of lumber used to frame buildings to the bare minimum. Advanced framing was developed in the 1960s by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a way for builders to reduce costs.

In recent years, the decades-old framing system has been adopted by many green builders. These new advanced framing devotees are focused less on the cost-cutting aspects of the framing system than on its other virtues, including energy and materials savings.

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  1. Fine Homebuilding
  2. U.S. Dept. of Energy, EERE

Building Plans for Advanced Framing

How to Add Energy Efficiency to Rough Framing: Reduce thermal bridging with less lumber and more insulation — energy efficiency and comfort are bonuses

Energy-Efficient Framing, a.k.a. Advanced Framing

Use Less Material and Build a Better House

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  1. Chuck Lockhart/Fine Homebuilding #174
  2. Rob Yagid/Fine Homebuilding #197
  3. Daniel S. Morrison/Fine Homebuilding #174
  4. Code Check Building 2nd Edition
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