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Light-Frame Construction

Wood has long been the go-to framing choice for residential and commercial buildings—most often Type V and Type III construction—due to its cost and ease of assembly. Typically, nail-assembled, light-frame construction uses a repetitive combination of dimension lumber, I-joists, trusses, structural composite lumber, and oriented strand board decking and sheathing for floors, walls and roof decks. Light-frame construction on low-rise apartment building While mass-timber structures are often built off site as components and assembled at the project site, light-frame construction typically occurs entirely on site. Increasingly, elements of light-frame buildings are fabricated off site and assembled on the job. Off-site construction offers greater control over construction conditions and improved safety oversight while contributing to faster construction timelines. There are several types of light-frame construction, each suited for specific applications:

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