The Pros and Cons of Advanced Framing

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"Rising Lumber Prices Hit Home"

"Shortages of framing lumber more widespread than ever"

"Lumber Tariffs May Have Helped Increase Home Prices"

These are headlines of some of the articles I came across about increases in lumber prices while researching this article. So, whether you are interested in advancing framing as a green building technique or not, advanced framing will save you money. As the title of this blog states, I'm talking about some of the pros and cons of advanced framing. This article isn't about the technique, methodology, or process of using advanced framing. You can google many articles about how to advance frame a home. Here's one I like: "Musings of an Energy Nerd."

Pros

  • Saves money by reducing material
  • Allows you to design for 2-foot modules
  • Uses 30% fewer framing pieces
  • Improves thermal performance
  • Works best with cavity-fill insulation
  • Reduces thermal bridging
  • Reduces job site waste
  • Results in fewer cracks in the drywal
  • Reduced environmental impact because fewer trees need to be cut.
  • Reduction in labor cost

Cons

  • May increase design cost
  • Perceived as inferior or substandard
  • Framers unfamiliar with the process
  • Local building code issues
  • Additional supervision costs
  • Energy savings are small
  • May add additional labor cost to other trade contractors
  • Harder to fasten trim near windows and doors
  • Some siding may require 16" on-center stud spacing
  • Lumber cost savings could be offset by additional cost in drywall clips, header hangers, thicker sub-floor and deeper floor joists

Your comments, suggestions and questions are always welcome.