Photos: Pete Sucheski

The NAHB Research Center has amended and extended advanced framing practices to further improve building envelope performance. Look for more details at the Research Center’s Toolbase Services website at www.toolbase.org.

  1. Corners Three-stud corners are a resource-efficient way to frame without sacrificing structural integrity, even for two-story homes, and create more room for insulation to mitigate thermal bridging.

  2. Line ‘Em Up Aligning floor joists within 1 inch of studs allows the use of a single top plate. Connect corners and intersections with 3x6 galvanized plates.

  3. Wider Walls Wall studs at 24 inches on center not only create larger cavities for insulation, but also reduce wood use by 20 percent or more.