OVE is a wood framing approach that seeks to minimize the quantity of wood used for construction. An example of an OVE General Framing Layout is shown at the top right. OVE benefits the environment by reducing the number of harvested trees and improving the thermal performance of the building enclosure. This reduction in wood can also reduce project costs. OVE strategies include the following:
24 in. spacing for typical studs, joists, and roof framing
Single top plates and alignment of joists and studs
Two studs (instead of three) at wall corners
No headers in non-load-bearing walls
To improve the efficiency of the on-site construction and reduce waste, we specified modular components for the New Hope Community, including metal-plate-connected wood trusses for floors and roofs along with shop-fabricated wall panels.