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Where to begin with timber framing
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Heatherington Apr 9, 2012.

 

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Tom Heatherington replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Excellent advice. One could build a checklist from your recommendations."
Apr 9, 2012
Bonnie Pickartz replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Jim, Judd is right on target.   A home should be designed to live well and to sit well on the site. Then incorporate appropriate energy saving technology/design into your home.  You'll end up with a home that is comfortable,…"
Jan 23, 2012
Judd Dickey replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Jim, these days, a well functioning house incorporating some passive solar, good insulation, and good infiltration barriers will cut your heating costs in half without appearing to be a solar machine.  A typical well constructed SIP…"
Jan 23, 2012
Jim LaFrom replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Paul, I am looking into the whole Passiv Haus concept with a Timber Framed house in the LakeTahoe Area of California.   My greatest interest has been Passive solar but that was before this  'net zero…"
Jan 23, 2012
John M. Perrott replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Here in Florida, I have had to do things a bit differently due to weather, humidity, and insects. I am using cypress for the frame, which I know isn't the greatest choice with regards to structural strength, but helps with my humidity and…"
Mar 16, 2010
Bonnie Pickartz replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Begin with an efficient plan. Think through how you live and how your house will be used. The design should work well on your site and include site appropriate windows, overhangs, and foundation. The plan should specify an energy efficient…"
Nov 23, 2009
Paul zumFelde replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Joanna Is prefab timber frame technology popular in the USA? No since it represents less than 2% of all new home construction in the USA but what is becoming very popular among cutting edge builders in the use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) and…"
Oct 2, 2009
Paul zumFelde replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Wes You are right about not having thermal mass in ICF and SIPs home like I had in my first homemade passive solar thermal envelope timber frame house built in 1978 but since they sit side by side on my fathers family compound in Northwest Ohio I…"
Oct 2, 2009
Joanna Asha Demkow replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"Hi Paul, Is the prefabricated timber frame technology popular in the USA? Do you know any companies specializing in that type of timber construction and energy effcient technology in the USA. Many thanks ashademkow@yahoo.com Asha"
Sep 21, 2009
Wes Loder replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"We recently completed our Energy Star rating. House scored 50 on a scale of 0-500 for a 5+Star rating. Essentially as good as it gets. We are pleased. House is so tight that the blower test could only get to 205 CFM compared to a "normal"…"
Aug 7, 2009
Wes Loder replied to Paul zumFelde's discussion Where to begin with timber framing
"The problem with ICFs is that they provide no thermal mass, an essential component of any passive-solar building. We did not use ICFs in our passive solar house for that reason. Straw bale construction has the same short-coming. Instead, we used 12…"
Jul 17, 2009
Brent Cooper left a comment for Paul zumFelde
"Hey Paul, Good to see you on the site. Hope things are picking up in Ohio! Brent"
May 22, 2009
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Where to begin with timber framing

In order to build the best envelope possible in order to get to "net zero energy" houses some day the first place to begin is to incorporate Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) into the basement or crawl space foundation. With the addition of SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) a builder is well on the way to building a house that is totally off of the grid or selling energy back to the electical power company someday. Utilization of Low E glass, building orientation, Energy Star rated appliances,…See More
May 20, 2009
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At 11:20am on May 22, 2009, Brent Cooper said…
Hey Paul,
Good to see you on the site. Hope things are picking up in Ohio!

Brent
 
 
 

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