Posts Tagged ‘Advanced Framing Techniques’

Two And One Half

January 4th, 2012


Quite a progress report for this 5000+ sq ft house in the Longs community off Watertower Road. Mike Bell Construction ‘s crew accomplished framing to this stage of construction in two of the coldest days in recent memory with the use of Component Construction wall panels. Annas Development and Building, Jeff Annas is the general contractor who chose the use of wall panels for the second time. One of the great points about the use of wall panels remains they are manufactured in a controlled environment unconcerned about weather conditions facing conventional job site “stick” framing. In walking the house you get a real sense of how much lumber a house of this size consumes. Here is another excellent point. In the two and 1/2 days since they started a dumpster has not been used. If you are familiar with the “cull” rate for an average bundle of studs, you are easily looking at 30% downgraded to blocking or not usable period. The customer would have the lumber supplier to come back to pick them up for credit. Hmmm, wonder what the lumber yard does with the unusuable returns (not to mention the cost of diesel fuel used to and from)? Mike mentioned he would have to dispose of the small braces nailed to the sides of stacks for transportation of the panels which had accumulated. Actually this type of framing yields very little waste making it a “green product” extremely enviromentally friendly. Attention to details are evident when viewing the column cap hardware used for specific load transference from second floor LVL’s through stud clusters in the panels to foundation. The right side two story roof trusses were being swung into position before I had left. I can safely estimate the entire roof system set and being sheated by the end of day four. Predictable results in minimal time with maximum results. Makes you wonder why more people don’t use this method.


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AFT+OVE

September 27th, 2011


Advanced Framing Techniques and Optimum Value Engineering are the abbreviations in the title. They are very relevant topics when it comes to homes built with improved energy performance. The greatest part of the equation is it comes with lower material and labor costs. How you might ask? The answer is through the use of intelligent design, engineered wood products, and optimum use of those products. One of the most effective methods of saving materials the the process of “in line framing” which is the process of maintaining “load paths” via alignment of structural members spacing. If the roof system is using trusses spaced 24″ o/c, it makes perfect sense to line the studs in the wall below it at the same spacing, even if it requires 2×6 studs in lieu of 2×4 studs to do it. Matter of fact, a better insulation R value can be maintained in that switch anyway. Then, if there is a floor below it, the same spacing needs to be maintained to continue the load path while simultaneously reducing the amount of lumber used. The great ecological part of the use of engineered wood is they make use of modern forestries’ smaller, fast growing trees and scrap lumber to churn out super products like LSL (laminated strand lumber), PSL (parallel strand lumber), and LVL (laminated strand lumber). These beams and headers are notorious for being stable and uniformed by comparison to their conventional counterparts. In combination with “in line framing”, “right sized headers” many times eliminates the use of a double top plate due to no vertical load being applied, amounting to even more lumber savings. Wall construction utilizing “California” corners and ladder framing at “T” intersections add to the mix of energy conservation by creating insulation “damming” pockets and crevaces. All the principles discussed in this post make Component Construction not only the preferred framing solution of the future, but the energy concious correct answer of the present.


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