Glossary Of Construction Terms: With Pictures
Light Framing: Canadian Overview With Drawings
Advanced Framing: Overview, Details & Slide Show
Books On Advanced Framing: GVRD & JLC
Troubleshooting: Truss Uplift, Ice Dams & Wall Rehab
Framers Stuff: Quality Assurance & Discussion Forums
Wall Systems: Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
Wall Systems: Structural Insulated Panels(SIPs)
1. Glossary Of Construction Terms: With Pictures
Thanks to Dale Barron of Morningstar Homes I will try to include a glossary of terms in
each issue. He suggested that more basic information would help office staff and/or new
employees better understand the construction process and industry jargon. Good idea. At
this ILX Construction site you can search for a word or term. It not only explains the term but in most
cases also has pictures. I love those pictures!
2. Light Framing: Canadian Overview With Drawings
This CWC site offers a good introduction to light framing
features, types, and materials. There is basic info on floor,
wall and roof design, as well a chart showing design values
for common Canadian lumber species.
3. Advanced Framing: Overview, Details & Slide Show
Advanced framing is the best use of wood, and wood framing from a cost and building
science perspective. It means using less wood to frame a house. It eliminates wood
where it is structurally unnecessary or where its use is likely to cause other problems
such as drywall cracks. Sometimes the term optimum value engineering (OVE) is used to
mean the same thing. Here are a few links to info that might save you some construction
costs or service calls.
Overview Of Advanced Framing: Housing Zone:
This page from the Housing Zone website has a brief overview of framing techniques that
save money. It also has a cost comparison chart that you may be able to use by
inputting your own local data.
Drawings: Building Science Corp:
Once again we visit Dr. Joe Lstiburek, that famous ex-Canuck. He has some good detailed
drawings of advanced framing methods on his Building Science Corporation website.
Presentation: EEBA Conference: (PDF
This slide show on advanced framing was presented by Building America at the EEBA
Conference last year. Although it's long (75 pages), it's worth a good look. Many
sections have pictures and point form explanations that help explain some of the
framing alternatives and their benefits.
4. Books On Advanced Framing: GVRD & JLC
A few years ago the Greater Vancouver Regional District produced the Advance Framing
Techniques manual that was used for local training courses. Gary Friend of South Ridge
Development, and industry trainer Warren Jones suggest the sections on beams and
lintels are especially worth checking out. If you would like to get a free copy of
this booklet contact Thomas Mueller at 1-604-436-6818, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Journal of Light Construction has published a book called Advanced Framing
Techniques. It contains 46 of the best framing articles from JLC magazine.
5. Troubleshooting: Truss Uplift, Ice Dams & Wall
Truss Uplift can cause problems with drywall cracking and nail pops. This article On
Drywall, Wood and Truss Uplift from Building Science Corporation provides some
background information and recommendations for solutions.
Ice Dams are a common problem for some of our readers in northern parts of BC &
Yukon. These excellent drawings show various causes and solutions. This info is from
the site of Canadian company Balanced Solutions.
Renovators and service reps might find some good stuff in this Rehab Guide For Exterior
Walls from the NAHB. It covers materials, components and techniques for restoring
various wall systems to good condition. It's big but you can view, print or download
all or parts of it for free.
6. Framers Stuff: Quality Assurance & Discussion
This Quality Assurance System For Framing Contractors is available from NAHB for $20
US. It provides wood framing contractors with a model quality assurance system that can
be adapted to suit individual company needs.
Discussion Forums are places on a website where you can ask a question and other people
provide their answers and ideas. You can also look through many past questions and
responses. This one on Rough Framing at the Journal of Light Construction site is the
best one I have found for framing info.
7. Wall Systems: Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
Insulating Concrete Forms
ICFs are becoming more widely accepted in the North American marketplace. This Portland
Cement Association site has a good overview of ICF systems. Included are features,
benefits, tips and resources, plus lots of additional info on concrete.
Of Insulating Concrete Forms
Here in BC the BC Ready Mix Concrete Association has ICF technical info available. They
are working with the GVHBA to build a concrete home as the 2003 Dream Home at BC Place.
Four local ICF companies belong to their association. Feel free to contact Carolyn
Campbell at 604-881-2522
8. Wall Systems: Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)
Structural Insulated Panels
SIPs are pre-fabricated building panels for floors, walls and roofs
and are used in residential and commercial buildings. Each panel
is typically made using rigid foam insulation sandwiched between
two tructural wood panel skins. At this Structural Insulate Panel
Association site you'll find lots of info to help you learn more
about SIPs and their applications.
For Today - On Motivation:
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