Using fewer 2x4s in framing
In a FHB article “The Future of Framing” (Oct/Nov. 2005) many changes were suggested to reduce the amount of wood framing in an outside wall, thus reducing thermal bridging through the framing, increasing % of insulation in the wall and saving trees and money as well. When I showed the article to our local (MA) building inspector he told me I would have to prove that the suggested changes would satisfy Building Code requirements.
Anyone have experience doing this or suggestions as to how to go about satisfying code requirements when using these innovations?
A few examples of the article’s suggested framing changes: a- header hangers to eliminate jack studs; b- no headers in non-bearing walls; c-single stud at rough openings; d- no cripples under window sill.