Advanced Framing, ContinuedBy Rich Binsacca Photos: Peter SucheskiThe NAHB Research Center has amended and extended advanced framing practices to further improve building envelope performance, including a new technique that reduces thermal bridging at the intersection of exterior and interior walls. This technique reduces thermal bridging1 Continuous Drywall To allow full sheets of wallboard along perimeter walls, mitigating air leaks and thermal transfer, leave a 1-inch gap between intersecting interior walls. Connect the intersecting top plates with a flat metal connector.2 Wall Framing 2x6 studs spaced 24 inches on-center create larger cavities for insulation to reduce thermal transfer throught the wall and enable "warm" corners without affecting the attachment of drywall or exterior cladding3 Lower Ratio Typical wall framing has a wood-to-insulation ratio of about 25 percent. Advanced framing reduces that share to 16 percent to 18 percent, leaving more room for insulation and improved energy performance. Advertisement Keywords: SubjectCodes and Standards Energy Efficiency Building Technology Building Envelope FramingOrganizationNational Association of Home Builders View more keywords SubjectCodes and Standards Energy Efficiency Building Technology Building Envelope FramingOrganizationNational Association of Home BuildersSection / SubsectionBuild Smart Construction DetailBylineRich Binsacca View fewer keywords More from BUILDERSponsored EDUCATIONBlower Door Basics CourseBuilding EnvelopeWhat Buyers Want—and Don’t Want—in...Building TechnologyWoodside Lands 262-lot Central Cal SiteCodes and StandardsASHRAE, NAHB and ICC Team Up on Green Building StandardEnergy EfficiencyReaders Choice: Simonton WindowsFramingArmstrong System Makes "Quik" Work of DrywallNational Association of Home...New Homes are Less Expensive to Maintain Rich BinsaccaThe New American Home 2007Build SmartIn small lots, outdoor spaces that...Construction DetailBlock Foundation Corners Join the DiscussionPlease read our Content Guidelines before posting.