Advanced Framing Techniques

After numerous discussions and reviews with the Town of Carrboro regarding lot reconfigurations, storm water drainage issues. etc. etc., we are finally on our way to building two new energy efficient affordable homes  in Carrboro.

There are many features of these homes we are building in conjunction with the Community Home Trust that contribute to their being a great example of affordable Green building. One that will no longer be evident after completion of the home is our employment of advanced framing techniques. Advanced framing (also called Optimum Value Engineering) results in lower material and labor costs and improved energy performance for the building, due to less conductive temperature transfer through the framing components.  Consequently,  effective use of  advanced framing techniques starts with a well thought out framing  design that considers common lumber and sheet sizes. This reduces waste, minimizes cutting and consequently your material and labor costs.  Architect David Ripperton's conscientious design work was crucial in this effort to build with both energy efficiency and affordability in mind.

Advanced Framing

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Affordable Green Homes? Yes, we can!

Partnering with the Community Home Trust, Synergy Building has recently broken ground on their third and fourth energy efficient affordable homes.

This project was slow to get started due to the complications caused when lot lines are reconfigured.  On this project, the Home Trust has reconfigured a lot that already had one of their existing affordable homes, in a manner to accommodate two additional homes.   This type of infill residential development is a great way to reduce long term energy use  and make the best use of existing property.  In this case,  however,  it has added additional engineering and regulatory layers, as these lot configuration changes made the project be considered a small subdivision -  which adds challenges like enhanced storm water management issues.  These type of added construction costs can be particularly challenging to affordable home projects.

With so many hurdles at the start of this job once we got started both homes progressed quickly.

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