Wood-frame construction is the predominant method for building homes and multi-family structures in America, resulting in the world’s best-housed population.
Increasingly, wood framing is also being used in commercial and industrial buildings. Raised floor systems can readily be used in “ordinary” construction of commercial buildings where exterior fire exposure is a concern. In ordinary construction, exterior walls are constructed with noncombustible materials or fire-retardant treated wood, with floors, roofs, and interior structural elements built with wood framing.
Wood-frame buildings are economical to build, heat, and cool, and provide maximum comfort to occupants. Wood construction is readily adaptable to traditional, contemporary and the most cutting-edge building styles. Its architectural possibilities are limitless and its durability spans the centuries.
Throughout history, wood has found favor as a building material due to its strength, economy, workability, and beauty, and its ability to last has been demonstrated again and again. From the ancient temples of Japan and the great stave churches of Norway to the countless historic North American buildings, wood construction has proven it can stand the test of time.
With any building material or product, sound construction and installation practices must be followed to assure durability and trouble-free performance.
Building codes generally focus on life-safety issues, with minimal considerations given to serviceability. The details and recommendations contained in this Web site reflect construction practices that are intended to not only comply with building codes, but also produce sound, low-maintenance wood-frame buildings. Primary emphasis is on the foundation and the raised floor system. Wherever possible, the provisions described in this site conform to typical building code provisions; however, consult your local building code official for specific requirements.