Advanced framing, or optimum value engineering (OVE), is a method of framing that allows the builder to use less lumber in the building process. While not a new practice, it is being embraced by many green builders today.
As framing subcontractors, we at Steve Allen Construction in Ocala, FL, like to keep our readers informed about new and interesting developments in our field. In this blog article, we’ll review the advantages and disadvantages of advanced framing.
Save on Materials
Optimum value engineering is a wood framing method that optimizes the layout of the frame so that the building materials are used as efficiently as possible. This means the amount of building materials can be reduced. In fact, homes that utilize advanced framing can reduce the amount of lumber used by 14 to 20 percent. The National Association of Home Builders estimates that this saves about $1.20 per square foot in material costs.
Higher Labor Costs
Although you may save on materials, you’ll be spending more on design and labor for an advanced framing home. Advanced framing must be precise, with no room for error, so a design specialist is required. Because of this necessary precision, labor costs can also increase to account for the special training that is required. You can also assume that the supervision cost will increase as the construction manager will need to be on-site more often to ensure the framing is being executed correctly. What you save on in materials could easily end up being used on labor costs.
Better for the Environment
Many green builders believe advanced framing is a more environmentally friendly building practice. Less lumber is used, which cuts down on the logging practices that can cause excessive erosion, reduce air and water quality, and damage or eliminate habitats. Advanced framing also reduces construction waste, which means less trash in our landfills.
While the wood framing itself does not necessarily help you save on energy costs, the space left for extra insulation will. Heat moves through wood four times faster than traditional insulation materials, so less wood equals less heat transfer. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, optimum value engineering can improve a wall’s R-value by up to 30 percent. What this means for you is heating and airconditioning bills that are between 3 and 5 percent lower.
Although homes built using advanced framing are built to meet structural and architectural standards, they still may not be the best choice for some areas. In high-wind or earthquake locations, local building codes may advise against advanced framing. Here in Florida, hurricanes may pose a threat to optimum value engineering homes.
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