Framing the
American Dream

Is there a better way to frame?

Framing the American Dream conducted two controlled experiments to allow for apples-to-apples framing comparisons. In 1995, the project built two identical 2600 square foot, two-story houses. In 2015, two identical 2900 square foot ranch-style houses with a walk-out basements were framed side-by-side.

The only difference between the two homes in both experiments was one house was entirely stick-framed, while the other home was framed using structural components, including roof trusses, wall panels and floor trusses.


What Did We Learn?

  • A crew can frame two and a half homes with structural components in the time it takes to stick frame one house (watch this time-lapse video of two side-by-side houses getting framed).
  • It requires 25% more wood product to stick frame a structure than framing it with structural components.
  • Stick framing a house generates 30 times more jobsite waste than framing a house with structural components.

Roofs, Floors & Walls

The Framing the American Dream study suggests that installing roof trusses, wall panels or floor trusses completes the task of framing in less time, requires less framer skill and experience, uses less material and ultimately results in a more reliable structure.


The Best Way to Frame

Structural components make framers more efficient,
allowing builders and framers to build more houses with the same crews.

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