Timberstead – Energy Efficient Timber Frame Homes

Energy Efficient Enclosure

Want to save money on your energy bills to help pay off your mortgage? Conserve valuable resources? Reduce pollution? Be more comfortable in a draft free home? All of these are reasons to make certain that your new timber frame home is as energy efficient as it is beautiful. Not many years ago a 2 X 4 stick-built house with R-11 fiberglass insulation was considered adequate. Those days are history. Insulation options have greatly improved so that R-24 walls and R-40 roofs are easily attainable.

One of the best methods for building a highly energy efficient home is to use an insulated panel system. Insulated panels have proven to be much more energy efficient than stick framed wall and roof systems. In a stick framed wall, the wood studs result in a cold spot at regular intervals, since wood is not a good insulating material and has a R-Value of about 1 per inch. This means that each 2 X 6 stud provides a mere R-6 of insulation.

Panels have a continuous foam core that does not allow for drafts, cold spots, and reduced insulation value. As a result, they have much better whole wall performance,. They enable you to purchase a smaller HVAC system from the outset, providing immediate savings. You continue to save from 40%-60% on heating and cooling costs, year after year. At the same time, your home will be much cozier and draft-free in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Energy Efficient Windows

The energy efficiency of the walls and roof are not the only R-values today’s homeowners need to consider. Windows let in more than just light and scenic
views. The wrong choice in windows and doors can negate much of the energy efficiency a well-informed homeowner has been able to gain through an effective insulation system. In addition to their respective insulating properties, any quality window or door greatly reduces the infiltration of outside noises.

Energy Recovery Ventilator

With the energy efficient timber frame, we recommend installation of an energy recovery ventilation system (ERV). An energy recovery ventilation system will improve the indoor quality of the air and keep the humidity in the home at a constant. An energy recovery ventilator continuously exhausts stale, polluted indoor air and replaces it with fresh outdoor air. Energy from the indoor air (warm air in winter, cool air in summer) is extracted and transferred to the fresh incoming air so there is little energy loss.