"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,…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
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.
"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"…"
"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…"
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