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Title: Extended Plate and Beam-Field Assessment of an Energy-Efficient Light-Frame Wood Wall System

Source: Research In Progress, FPL-RIP-4719-026. Madison, WI: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 2 p.

Author(s): Forest Products Laboratory,

Publication Year: 2015  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: An extended plate and beam (EP&B) design was developed at Home Innovation Research Labs (Home Innovation) in an effort to provide traditional light-frame wall construction details that are compatible with continuous insulating sheathing to encourage wide-spread adoption of high-R walls and promote higher energy efficiency in new houses (Fig. 1). The new wall design substantially increases insulation and ensures moisture management while relying on common methods and materials for framing, insulation, and siding attachment. It incorporates the use of foam sheathing uniquely integrated with a structural framing system that allows for installation of the wood structural panels outside the foam insulation. The EP&B wall design can be easily fabricated on-site or factory panelized, thus reducing transition risk to builders.

Keywords: Extended plate and beam (EP&B); light frame wall system; moisture monitoring; thermal performance

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

Date posted: 07/21/2015
RITS Product ID: 73360

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