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Modular Dimensions (16- or 24-Inches)

Modular Dimensions (16- or 24-Inches)

Intent

Use of standard or modular dimensions in layout will reduce waste by not having to cut materials.

Additional Information/How to Implement

Modular dimensioning it was adopted in the late 1960s and is widely used.  Adherence to modular dimensioning can reduce waste of material on the job site.

 One side of a door and window opening located at regular 16” or 24” stud positions.

  • Modular window sizes used, with both side studs located at a normal 16” or 24” stud positions
  • Building dimension in the direction parallel to the primary joist span is evenly divisible by 4 feet.
  • Building dimension in the director perpendicular to the primary joist span is evenly divisible by 2 feet.

Building to a 2’ module and using 24” on-center wall and floor framing will maximize framing materials resource efficiency and cost savings.  Few homes can be entirely confined to a rigid module because typical dimensions such as the width of a tub or corridor are not in two-foot modules.  To maximize savings, window sizes, and placement should be coordinated with the two-foot module.

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