Frugal House Framing Rensselaer NY

Carpenters in Rensselaer love wood. The smell of fresh sawdust on a crisp fall morning, the slap and ring of hammers on boards, the sturdy feel of a new house frame—what's not to love?

Local Companies

HOLBROOK LUMBER CO
(518) 489-4708
70 FULLER ROAD ALBANY, NY, 12205
Albany, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-439-9943
235 Delaware Ave
Delmar, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-459-2300
1157 Central Avenue
Albany, NY
Kmart 3600 / Cross Merch
(518) 372-1273
93 W Campbell Rd
Schenectady, NY
Latham - D
(518) 783-6101
195 Troy Schenectady Rd
Latham, NY
Robinson's Hardware
(518) 456-7383
1874 Western Ave, 1 mile West of Crossgates Mall
Albany, NY
A. Phillips Hardware
518-861-5364
Osborne Corners
Altamont, NY
Country Squire Supply
518-794-8111
1224 Rt 20
New Lebanon, NY
The Home Depot
(518)283-1819
600 N Greenbush Rd
Rensselaer, NY
Colonie Ctr Mall
(518) 454-3000
1425 Central Ave
Albany, NY

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Carpenters love wood. The smell of fresh sawdust on a crisp fall morning, the slap and ring of hammers on boards, the sturdy feel of a new house frame—what's not to love?

So it's no surprise that when we set out to frame a home, sometimes we use a little more lumber than we really need. Sometimes we use a lot more. And sometimes, as building scientist Joe Lstiburek puts it, framers use wood like drunken sailors spending their paychecks on shore leave.

But wood isn't free, or even cheap. It has a cost in dollars, in forested acres logged, and in natural ecosystems disrupted. Over-framed walls also leak more energy—enough to show up on fuel bills, and to make a difference in comfort. And there's a labor cost: more sticks to handle, more cuts to make, and more nails to pound.

Other things being equal, economizing on framing lumber makes a lot of sense. For builders willing to learn, there are proven ways to cut back on unnecessary framing lumber use, without compromising structural strength—and while saving energy.

BUILDER EVOLUTION

Around the country, a handful of leading builders are fine-tuning their building shells to save both lumber and energy. For companies such as New Town Builders of Denver and Veridian Homes of Madison, Wis., advanced framing is just one part of a larger concept.

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ENOUGH ALREADY: If framing details aren't spelled out, framers may run amok, observes building scientist Joseph Lstiburek.

Click here to read full article from EcoHome Magazine

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