Conservation is one of the cornerstones of green building. There are many ways in which our field of development helps to preserve and conserve our natural resources, environment and habitats. The one I would like to speak about today is in relation to resource conservation.
In a typically built home, doors and windows are framed with more than necessary studs around them, non-load bearing headers are solid and studs are placed 16" on center. Without compromising the structural integrity of your home, it is possible to eliminate a good portion of the lumber that would be used in a traditionally constructed home.
Studs on interior non load bearing walls, for example, can be placed at 24" on center instead of 16". In order to quantify the savings of this, consider this example: a 16' wall framed at 16" on center would require 12 vertical studs to complete; framing at 24" on center you would reduce the number of studs needed to 8. Combining all of the mentioned advanced framing techniques can save lumber and money.
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Luis Imery, through his business the Imery Group, is a full service construction, home energy performance, green certification and real estate group specializing in infusing sustainability in every facet of the real estate cycle. Its construction division has become pioneers in the Athens, GA area in green building of speculative, custom and design-built construction. Just in 2011 they have over 110 units slated for green certification under the EarthCraft program.