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Cost-saving ideas for every phase of design and construction are covered in Building Affordable Housing. Suggestions range from zero-lot line development strategies to the use of rolledconcrete curbs; from modular planning on 24-inch centers and eliminating wire mesh in slabs, to getting rid of double floor joists, and using single plates in wall framing. It also covers such things as the use of 4x12- foot drywall sheets, cluster plumbing, and installing 1/2-inch diameter vent pipes. But labor-saving recommendations are scanty, and sometimes advice is contradictory. At one point, it suggests using overhangs for aesthetic and sales appeal, but later recommends eliminating them for economy. Sometimes the book's recommendations will be unacceptable to builders. For example, using 3/8-inch plywood for roof sheathing won't wash.