The chances are that if you’re reading this and are interested in building a timber frame home, then you are probably researching “green” building. Since “green” has become a catchall for everything from dish soap to vacations, you have to sort through way too much information to get down to the real essence of sustainable building. Timber frames, of course, are a great starting place…with a structural insulated shell, they offer sustainability and energy efficiency.
The Green Building Pro Expo is a great place to start. It took place last week, but you can still listen to presentations by leaders in the industry and peruse the booths of the exhibitors…including Goshen Timber Frames. When you finish there, go over to the Green Building Pro website to stay on top of the latest in green building news.
Another resource that provides answers to real world questions is the Green Home Guide . Sponsored by the US Green Building Council, the guide is full of information that will help you build responsibly. A recent question about treated wood for an arbor offers insight into better ways to build with untreated wood.
Of course, the Mountain Home Guide offers information on building on challenging lots. There is much common sense information in this publication.
No one said building was easy, but these are resources that will help you to make sense of the entire process. David and I spent lots of time sorting out the necessary from the unnecessary and are pleased to be able to share what we found.