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What is advanced framing or OVE?

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What is advanced framing or OVE?

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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.