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September 17, 2009

Comparison of Framing materials

Filed under: Building Materials,Uncategorized — by accessahut @ 8:52 pm

Bamboo can be up to 3 times as strong as other materials and it is very light.

In the United States, however, an importer of bamboo house packages indicates that the rough frame for a 960 sq. ft. home with 912 sq. ft. of covered porch would cost $68 per square foot (including porch area and $11,500 in shipping fees). This is about three times the cost of traditional building materials.

 Wooden Foundations: 

By eliminating the need for a concrete manufacturer and materials needed to work with concrete (for piping, electrical, etc.), costs are kept down.
Wood offers better thermal properties than other foundation types. In addition, batts can be applied in a much simpler method because there is no need to attach special studs or adhesive to the concrete



An all-steel system called Hardy Frame is manufactured by Simplified Structural Systems in Ventura CA. Their design uses perimeter and diagonal bracing of 14 gauge galvanized high-tensile steel with 20-gauge studs 16″ on center and 3-1/2″ thick. Connections are welded. Frames are available in widths from 18″ to 80″, according to seismic zone or wind load. A typical unsheathed 4′ x 8′ frame weighs 107 pounds.

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