As the editor of Timber Home Living, the only national publication dedicated to timber-frame homes and the people that are enthusiastic about them, it's a question I get asked often: What makes a timber home so special? Thankfully, the answer is pretty straightforward. Aside from the stunning aesthetic and craftsmanship you can achieve through this building method, timber homes truly embody what it means to create an efficient, comfortable home that's mindful of the environment and built to last.
But aside from the inherent green qualities of timber homes, how important is sustainable and efficient design to you? Would you consider incorporating green elements, such as geothermal heating or solar panels, into your dream-home design? Or what about even more basic items like EnergyStar appliances or high-performance windows? Or what about when you're siting your home? Will you think about things like passive solar heat gain?
We'd love to hear your thoughts on this hot topic, so please post your comments, questions or stories below. We look forward to hearing from you!
Editor, Timber Home Living
Green building is EXTREMELY important to me, as I feel we should all be responsible homeowners to the environment around us. Not only is green building cost effective over the long term, it preserves our resources and still creates a comfortable living environment. A win-win situation and after doing some research, it's really not difficult.
When I plan my future timber frame home, I will utilize energy star appliances, high performance windows, carpet in the bedrooms made from corn, possible solar panels and maybe even a small wind turbine! Positioning the house is also a consideration - I prefer a North-South exposure - so I would try to orient my house this way as well.
I plan on adding as much energy efficient attributes to my home as I can afford. I have to live within reason but I would like to use SIPs and Solar as part of a good sound energy efficient home. Energy star appliances and North South exposure. I will also be leaving as much of the trees up as I can around the home to help keep cooling cost down.