From Scraps to Studscomments (4) August 3rd, 2009 in Blogs
What do you do with the 2x4 and 2x6 cut offs and sheathing scraps left at the end of a framing or remodeling job? Sure, you could burn the solid wood in your wood stove and stack up the plywood and OSB streetside with a ‘Free’ sign. Here’s another idea that never occurred to me – turn the scraps into non-bearing wall studs by sandwiching a row of 2x blocks between outer layers of sheathing strips ripped at 3 ½ in. or 5 ½ in. The idea was developed and engineered by Building Science Corporation as part of the U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Build America program a several years ago and deemed Site Engineered Environmental Studs (SEE Studs for short). They have free specifications for building them; just click here.
Some contractors will be concerned about the labor cost to assemble SEE Studs when a new stud is only a couple of bucks. But there are things to consider aside from the labor cost. Waste management is a part of building green so turning waste into usable materials will show your clients you walk the walk. Plus you save on the disposal cost of those scraps when you divert them from the Dumpster.
Try incentivizing the process of building SEE Studs by paying workers on a per stud basis. If you run a crew there are likely one or two eager young guys on it looking for extra pocket change. Let them work after hours either on-site or at a site of their choosing. They’ll hustle to increase the rate they earn extra money on the side. And the hustle may even carry over to their regular work habits.
I doubt I’ll have any trouble with my local building inspector when he sees SEE Studs in my walls; but you may want to run the idea by your inspector if he or she tends to be on the conservative side.
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