Airtight Drywall Approach
I have been thinking about a strategy for improving the ADA. This may not be a new, but the idea is to install all exterior wall and ceiling drywall BEFORE any of the interior partitions are even framed. One could carry this further and tape, finish, and apply primer (VB primer in heating climates) as well. This strategy might best be used by custom builders.
-drywall boarders should love this…think of the speed and ease of installing nothing but large sheets without any obstacles. Tapers and finishers should also love this.
-should result in an almost perfect air barrier…rim joists areas in two story homes would require some additional air sealing.
-might result in less wasted drywall cutoffs.
-requires two trips for the electrical and plumbing rough ins and also requires some extra thought and planning…I think that they would get used to this after a couple of jobs.
-also requires two trips for the boarders, tapers and painters but the speed of the first visit might offset this additional cost?
-may result in some butt joints ending up in less than optimal places…good workmanship should compensate for this.
-also may require extra trips for inspections…