House framing techniques utilize methods to increase energy efficiency. According to Energysavers.gov, advanced house framing techniques improve a home’s energy efficiency over standard house framing techniques. Advanced house framing techniques designed to save energy are also referred to as OVE, Optimum Value Engineering. The strategy for utilizing energy-efficient house framing techniques is to avoid the standard framing techniques and replace both with the advanced house framing techniques. The standard house framing technique is described immediately following the advanced method to replace it.
- Avoid the standard corner house framing technique. The top corner on one wall overlaps the top plate of the wall making up the corner. Extra exterior corner studs must be used to make the corner frame sturdy enough.
- Replace with the advanced corner house framing technique for energy-efficiency. In the advanced corner house framing method, the 2 x4 is turned sideways to act as a nailer for the siding. A drywall clip holds the drywal in place instead of studs. This results in zero percent insulation voids compared to three percent insulation voids for the standard corner house framing technique.
- Avoid the standard T-wall intersection house framing technique. The standard T-wall intersection house framing method uses extra studs to attach the drywall.
- Instead, replace the standard with the advanced ladder T-wall intersection house framing technique. This advanced method attaches the drywall to a “ladder” that spans between the studs. This results in a zero percent insulation void for the advanced method as opposed to a three percent insulation void for the standard corner house framing technique.