Updated in July 2019
LEADING YOUR WAY TO FUTURE HOMES WITH A NEW BREED TO CONSTRUCTION APPROACH
A dream home is a reflection of oneself. Every aspect of a dream home can be carefully crafted, systematically designed and constructed with Advanced Framing Techniques. ADVANCED FRAMING TECHNIQUES OR OPTIMAL VALVE ENGINEERING (OVE). OVE is a specialized building approach used to build comfortable, energy efficient and affordable homes benefiting both the homeowner and the builder. Advanced framing techniques create a structurally sound home that has lower material and labor costs than a conventionally framed house. Theoretically, these homes can be built faster. They also lose less heat due to thermal bridging which saves money.
SAVE MONEY – HOW?
BUILD HOME EFFICIENTLY – SAVE MONEY, SAVE ENERGY, SAVE TIME
Do you dream of living in a home that costs less? Wondering HOW? Advanced Framing is a successfully practiced technique that safely reduces the amount of wood used in framing. This technique follows the same concept of old construction. It allows greater intrinsic strength by eliminating redundant framing, reducing waste and wood usage and thus saving money for the homeowner. Being thrifty with lumber will reduce construction waste and save on natural resources.
ADVANCED FRAMING TECHNIQUES have been proven to meet the energy code requirements cost-effectively. It improves energy efficiency by replacing lumber with insulation material. By reducing the amount of wood in the wall reduces thermal bridging, allowing for more and effective insulation. This is achieved by utilizing fewer studs and rafters, unlike conventional homes. This technique significantly improves space efficiency for cavity insulation. It also simplifies and reduces the complexity of insulation and air sealing installation.
BUILDING ECO-FRIENDLY HOMES WITH ADVANCED FRAMING TECHNIQUES
All around the world well designed and properly constructed wood homes have always lasted for centuries. The strength and durability of wood, along with its natural properties, have always been the building material of choice for residential and commercial builders.
Wood construction approach fits well with building ecosystem strategies as wood is a renewable resource manufactured in efficient processes and requires less energy when compared to other building materials such as steel and concrete. Home construction that uses wood through Advanced Framing Techniques delivers greater environment dividends by optimizing material usage and reducing construction waste.
The Advanced Framing Technique is an approach that is eco-friendly, environmentally responsible, and resource efficient. This is achieved by using environment-friendly construction practices right from designing, construction, maintenance, renovation, and demolition. The effectiveness of this technique reduces the environmental impact as fewer trees need to be cut for lumber.
When properly designed and constructed, these homes are fully sheathed with structural panels such as plywood, oriented strand board, glued laminated timber, and I-joists. They provide the necessary structural strength and durability to safely withstand even the worst forces of nature. These materials not only improve upon the inherent structural advantages of wood but also provide environmental benefits.
BASICS OF ADVANCED FRAMING TECHNIQUES – HOW DO THEY WORK?
In wooden construction, every part of the frame is affected while the cumulative savings can be substantial. Here are some of the basics:
- Walls are framed with 2x6s on 24-in centers rather than 2x4s on 16-in centers. This increases insulation depth and reduces thermal bridging.
- Corners are made from two studs to allow more room for insulation and to eliminate cold spots.
- Headers are sized according to the load they actually carry and Roofs are built with trusses rather than framed conventionally, reducing the amount of lumber that’s needed.
- Floors are framed with I-joists rather than sawn lumber, making for stiffer floors that use less material.
- Insulating sheathing replaces conventional plywood or oriented strand board, reducing thermal bridging and making the house cheaper to heat and cool.