Basics: Glossary, Performance, Vancouver, Systems
- Framing: Details, Articles, Forums, Common Problems
Panelized: Overview, Guidelines, SIP Introduction & Guide
Concrete: Systems, Masonry, ICF, CIP, Precast, Tilt-Up
- Other: Log, Timber Frame, Steel Frame, Rammed Earth
Components: Trusses, Engineered, State-Of-The-Art
Rainscreen, Shear, Wind, Bracing, Sound
- Kenís Top Pick: If you have time to surf only one site
Performance, Vancouver, Systems
Glossary Of Framing Terms
Here is a simple diagram showing the various components of a wall, along with a glossary and basic descriptions of
house framing terms, compliments of Al's Home Improvement site.
Performance Of Exterior Walls
Canadian Institute for Research in Construction overviews common wall problems that may occur in cold climate and
requirements for design and construction of exterior walls.
Walls In Vancouver
A recent presentation by Dr. Straube covers wall design and function in Vancouver, review of weather conditions,
moisture control, durable enclosures, and the Coquitlam test hut.
Whole House Systems
NAHB bulletins cover innovative products & processes, case studies, field evaluations, questions & answers, and links
to information for various types of whole house building systems.
Articles, Forums, Common Problems
Details For Framing Walls
Design tips and detail drawings for platform and balloon frame walls, 2x4 & 2x6 thick, openings, headers, rakes,
corners, advanced framing and more are given by Fine Homebuilding.
Articles On Wall Framing
Journal of Light Construction has over 40 free and fairly inexpensive paid articles covering a wide range of wall
framing topics, methods, problems, and procedures.
Discussion Forums On Rough Framing
On the JLC Online site you can view, and after registering for free you can contribute to, these building industry
forums that discuss many different topics relating to rough framing.
Solutions To Common Framing Problems
Again from the Journal of Light Construction, here is an article by a wood-frame expert that cites some of the
most common framing errors, along with practical solutions for each.
Panelized: Overview, Guidelines,
SIP Intro & Guide
Panelized Wall Systems Overview
This bulletin on panelized wall systems from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing covers costs,
planning, field evaluations, considerations, and recommendation.
Guidelines For Engineered Panelized Walls
NAHB gives you guidelines covering the structural design, fabrication, and installation of light-frame walls prefabricated
using wood or cold-formed steel members in platform frame.
Overview Of Structural Insulated Panels
SIPs introduction, installation, warranty, benefits & costs, ease of implementation, field evaluations, and US code
acceptance are covered in this technical bulletin on the Toolbase site.
Prescriptive Method For SIPs
The Structural Insulated Panel Association guide explains the procedures for design and installation of SIP
walls, for two stories, above grade, in certain seismic & snow conditions.
Masonry, ICF, CIP, Precast, Tilt-Up
Concrete Building Systems
PCA describes, with pictures, the concrete building systems of masonry block, insulated concrete forms, cast-in-place,
precast, tilt-up, autoclaved aerated concrete, and shotcrete.
Info on masonry benefits, brick, concrete masonry, mortar, ties, stone, grout, flashing, design, construction,
maintenance, costs, and more are offered by the Masonry Advisory Council.
Insulating Concrete Forms
The ICF Web site gives you an overview of ICFs including introduction, benefits, types of systems, tools & accessories,
FAQ, thermal performance, books, and contractor search.
Concrete Homes Council & Concrete Foundations Association provide cast-in-place information, benefits, member listings,
construction process, home profiles, events & industry news.
Canadian Precast Institute covers precast concrete structural, architectural, hollow core, and specialty products, with info
on guide specifications, certification, and construction details.
For tilt-up basics, benefits, examples, certification, products & services, questions & answers, and links to more resources
for building with tilt-up, visit the Tilt-Up Concrete Association.
Other: Log, Timber Frame,
Steel Frame, Rammed Earth
NAHB Log Homes Council has info on log homes, featured homes, photo gallery, publications, technical resources,
manufacturers, products & services, events, and more.
For timber frame introduction, ask the experts, events, FAQs, training, industry news, publications and links to even
more resources visit the Web site of the Timber Framers Guild.
The Steel Framing Alliance offers design resources, case studies, standards, books, technical information, training,
events, news, FAQ, expert hotline, and links to resources.
Sirewall is a BC company offering rammed earth building information, benefits, courses, formwork products, photos, and
more for builders, architects, and homeowners.
Components: Trusses, Engineered,
Trusses & Structural Building Components
International trade association offers truss and structural building component magazine, shows, events, careers & jobs,
education, technical information, and other industry resources.
Engineered Wood Products
APA, the Engineered Wood Association, provides an overview and technical resources for I-Joists, laminated veneer
lumber, OSB, plywood, rim board, siding, and specialty products.
New Products & State-Of-The-Art Practices
The HUD guide covers new exterior products and state-of-the-art practices including brick, sheathing, insulation, siding,
stucco, trim, sealants & caulks, paints, wind, and seismic.
Issues: Rainscreen, Shear, Wind,
Canadian IRC Update explains, with drawings, the rainscreen design of first & second lines of defence as per environmental
conditions onsite, and wall moisture management strategy.
McVicker Engineers offer information on shear wall types, material properties, loads, facts & forces, the plans and the field,
problems, improvements, and links to more resources.
High Wind, Snow & Seismic Loads
This detailed online manual from the American Wood Council covers design and construction of wood frame buildings in high
wind, snow, and seismic load conditions.
Architects, builders, engineers, and homeowners can find information here on basics, design, and use of wall bracing
systems, compliments of the Engineered Wood Association.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation research report summarizes sound attenuation properties of four exterior walls
commonly used in Canadian low cost residential housing.
Kenís Top Pick: The NAHB
Exterior Wall Products, Practices, Problems & Resources
NAHB reports cover innovative products & processes, design & construction guides, best practices, performance & case
studies, field evaluations, questions & answers, and links.
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