APA highlights advantages of advanced framing in online video aimed at builders, offers advice on techniques that meet energy codes, provide walls with higher R-values and reduced thermal bridging
December 11, 2013
– APA has produced a new online video designed to educate builders about the advantages of advanced framing. In Advanced Framing: Meet Structural Code & Energy Requirements, Senior Engineered Wood Specialist Bob Clark and Product Support Specialist Merritt Kline provide an overview of advanced framing techniques and discuss how they can help to optimize material usage and increase energy efficiency.
"Advanced framing is a great concept for builders who are trying to meet today's strict energy codes, while maintaining a home that is cost effective, durable, and sustainable," says Clark. "It's about removing redundant and unnecessary framing members, and replacing them with more cavity insulation. This provides walls that have higher whole wall R-values and reduced thermal bridging."
While the four-and-a-half minute video provides a general introduction to advanced framing concepts, APA's Advanced Framing Construction Guide, Form M400, details several specific advanced framing techniques, including 2x6 wood framing spaced 24 inches on center, insulated three-stud corners and two-stud corners with ladder blocking, single headers and insulated headers, and multiple options for wall intersections. The video and construction guide are available at PerformanceWalls.org, a website that compiles APA’s extensive library of wall construction-related content into a single online resource. PerformanceWalls.org also features 20 free advanced framing CAD details.