Timberstead – Green Buiiding
Green Building & Sustainability
More and more we have become aware of the impact of building upon our environment. We can work to build home that sits lightly on the land, minimizing the effect of building. Many of the decisions we make as we design and build our homes have long-ranging results. Building a green, sustainable home gives us the opportunity to maximize the efficient use of resources, have a healthier building, and have long term cost savings.
Green and sustainable buildings will use products that are readily renewable, provide for long term energy efficiency and will maintain their structural integrity far longer than typical buildings. Timber frames are by nature of their structure, green, and when enclosed with insulated panels, provide energy savings for years to come.
A green home will be well sited, taking advantage of the sun in the winter to heat the home, but being careful to shield the windows from excessive sun in the summer. Timbers provide thermal mass that can absorb the heat during the day and release it at night. This action is optimized by the exceptional insulation provided by insulated panels.
A timber frame with panel enclosure minimizes waste, another important green concept. Since both timber frame and panels are built in a controlled environment, making best use of materials, there is very little waste either in production or on site.
Benefits of Green Building
Timber is a renewable resource. Some timbers, such as eastern white pine, are a rapidly renewable resource. Timbers harvested regionally require minimal embodied energy. The timbers are sawn and planed into massive support posts and beams, unlike typical 2X material that is often milled across the country from the building site. These same 2X’s are kiln-dried, requiring additional embodied energy to make them stable enough to use.
Traditionally timber frames are built with green (un-dried) timbers, allowing the timbers to dry naturally in the home.
Maximum building life