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Framing Tips Save Building Energy Costs

  • Building Framing Guide to save energy by building a thermally sound structural shell using the two-stud corners and plywood box headers
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This article discusses building a thermally sound structural shell to save energy, using the two-stud corner and plywood box headers. Sketch at page top and accompanying text are reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss.

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Article on Building Framing Details for Maximum Insulation & Energy Savings

"The Two-Stud Corner and Other Tricks: these simple modifications in framing add insulation and and reduce costs" - links to the original article in PDF form immediately below are followed by an expanded/updated online version of this article.

Building framing details permit continus insulation and energy savings (C) Daniel Friedman

This article explains how the two-stud corner framing detail permits full insulation to be installed to the building corner in a wood-framed structure. Included with the explanatory text are sketches such as shown at page top and at left. The builder uses steel drywall clips or a 1x3 wooden backer to secure drywall in the building corner where the third stud is eliminated.

To improve the building insulation blanket at headers over windows and doors, the builder uses short cripple studs over the opening, converted into a structural beam by addition of 1/2" plywood sheathing on both sides, gluing and nailing the plywood in place to form a rigid box beam.

Don't forget to insulate between the cripple studs before nail-gluing the enclosing plywood. This box beam design can easily extend over a six-foot sliding door while meeting residential structural loads. (See Technical note No. C 426 published by the American Plywood Association).

If you are using foil faced insulating sheathing on the building wall exterior, also see SHEATHING, FOIL FACED - VENTS.

Here we include solar energy, solar heating, solar hot water, and related building energy efficiency improvement articles reprinted/adapted/excerpted with permission from Solar Age Magazine - editor Steven Bliss.


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