Building Science Corporation
January 5, 2011

This article addresses the issue of interior door framed with an excessive amount of wood resulting in extra costs of both time and materials that could potentially be avoided by using alternate construction techniques. Corrective measures are also suggested.

The framing above the door can be minimized by using a header of two vertical framing pieces; the vertical framing against the door can be reduced to half of the framing used. 

Issue

Interior door framed with an excessive amount of wood.

Description of Implementation Error

All interior doors in the building framed with unnecessary extra wood.

Risks

Had Advanced Framing techniques been used an overall savings of approximately $2,000 per building would have been realized. The money could have been available to improve other building components to make them more energy efficient in addition to increasing the builder’s profit margin and improving the marketability of the product.

Required Corrections

The framing above the door can be minimized by using a header of two vertical framing pieces and the vertical wood framing against the door can be reduced to half of the framing used and incorporating Advanced Framing techniques.