30 Jan '12, 5pm

Green Building Q&A: Spacing of studs in Advanced Framing more than 2 stories

I am building a 1 1/2 story home and am using advanced framing. I hope to stack all my framing using 2x6" studs 24" on center. Only problem is we have a walk out basement. The framing on the downhill side is: basement 82" high, 1st floor 8', 2nd floor 5' 2". If I read the IRC code right (mine is 2003), section [602.9] says cripple studs in the basement greater than 4 feet high are considered an additional story. And then in Table 11 for stud spacing [602.3.1], don't I have to consider my home as Roof & ceiling + 2 floors? That requires 2x6" framing to be 16" on center. My hope is the code has been updated or accepts 24" on center framing as long as the studs, joists, and rafters are all stacked over one another. Interpretation appreciated. Tom

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