Passive Solar and Earth Sheltered Home Building Glossary

Definitions of terms used in low-cost building technique articles.


| January/February 1984


On center: The distance from the center of one board's width to the center of another's. Abbreviated o.c.

Pitch: The angle at which a roof rises, expressed, for example, as a rise of one foot in 12 feet ... or a 1-in-12 pitch.

Plate: A horizontal (or nearly so) board or boards lying at the top or bottom (sole) of a stud wall.

Pilaster: A reinforcing column tied into a masonry wall.

Stud: A vertical member in a framed (or stud) wall ... usually a 2 X 4 or 2 X 6.

Rough opening: The spacing of an opening before trim boards are added.





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