Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A Courageous Builder Embraces Advanced Framing Techniques

Advanced Framing Technique, also known as Optimum Value Engineering (OVE), is a change from 2 x 4 to 2 x 6 home construction wood framing. This concept has been around for quite awhile but has not been widely embraced by home builders.

Advanced Framing Technique enables a builder to use 20 percent less wood in the framing, which decreases the amount of labor and provides a stronger frame. While it’s a better use of raw materials and can translate into 20 percent savings, it does present a significant learning curve to the builder.

In building science, we love OVE because it creates a 5-1/2” cavity rather than a 3-1/2” cavity which allows for a better insulated home. As an insulation manufacturer (among many other construction products and systems) we would like to see more builders embrace this because it makes a more energy efficient building.

To read more, visit the CertainTeed blog.

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