Advanced or smart or efficient framing (OVE)
OVE (Optimum Value Engineeered ) framing has been recommended to save on the cost of lumber and allowing for more insulation than typical framing of 2″ X 4″ framing having 16″ on center. One other advantage of the OVE is that headers are eliminated on non-load bearing walls.
I have shown the OVE framing to several seasoned Lincoln NE Habitat for Humanity volunteers as a possible way to reduce the cost of building and increase the insulation. (Seasoned veterans volunteer 16 to 24 hours each week building for Habitat. They have built over 50 homes for Habitat. Their average age is 71.) Any way, most of the regulars indicate that the OVE framing leads to problems when dry walling. Specifically, they point to lack of headers, requirement to use 5/8″ dry wall, and tendency of the dry wall to buckle when using 24″ center as the main reasons they don’t want to change or try the OVE recommendation. Additionally, the local lumber companies indicate few if any of the local contractors use OVE framing. How do I over come the reluctance to try the OVE method? ..