APA Presents Framing Strategies at the International Builders' Show
Two APA seminars, "Advanced Framing: Time to Green-up Your Structure" and "Top 10 Framing Errors and 5 Ways to Avoid Them", draw large audiences at the 2012 IBS.
Two APA presentations on residential framing drew large audiences at the 2012 NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) International Builders' Show (IBS) earlier this month in Orlando, Florida.
Approximately 150 people attended Advanced Framing: Time to Green-up Your Structure, a seminar that highlighted framing techniques that produce energy efficient, structurally sound homes while lowering material and labor costs. Advanced framing -- which includes 2x6 wood framing spaced 24 inches on center, insulated three-stud corners, two-stud corners with ladder blocking, wall intersection options, single headers, single top plates, eliminating unnecessary materials and several other framing techniques -- combined with wood structural panel sheathing provides one of the most cost-effective solutions for builders trying to balance increasingly stringent energy codes with structural building code requirements.
“That was our first seminar on advanced framing and there was a lot of interest,” said APA Senior Engineered Wood Specialist Bob Clark, who co-presented the seminars with APA Engineered Wood Specialist C.W. Macomber. “Builders took note when they realized that advanced framing and wood structural panel sheathing can help them meet energy code requirements, as well as the ENERGY STAR® thermal enclosure checklist requirements.”
The second presentation, Top 10 Framing Errors and 5 Ways to Avoid Them, addressed preventing squeaky floors, buckling roofs, nail pops, and other common framing mistakes through the proper design and installation of wood structural panels and engineered wood products. The seminar, which has been well received at past builder shows, drew an audience of 110. Content from that presentation is currently featured in Top 10 Framing Errors and How To Prevent Them, an article authored by Clark appearing in the February 2012 edition of Professional Builder Magazine.
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