What is advanced framing or OVE?
Advanced framing techniques and Optimum Value Engineering (OVE) refer to lumber layout and usage techniques that minimize the number of board feet of lumber used to construct a house without compromising its structural integrity. Advanced framing also maximizes the exterior wall cavity available for insulation installation, creating a more energy-efficient building envelope. The 2003 International Residential Code (IRC) contains prescriptive methods for some types of OVE framing, like one-story structures with 24-inch on center, 2x4 studs, and double top plates. Non-bearing walls can be constructed with 25-gauge steel or 2x3s at 24 inch on center with single top plates. Additional information is available in the PATH Technology Inventory write-up Advanced Framing Techniques: Optimum Value Engineering (OVE) and in the Greenbuilder Guide.