Sustainable and green building are catch phrases heard often these days. What do they really mean to you and your project? Green building can defined as "..the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings use resources - energy, water, and materials - through better siting, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and removal."
Timber framing is inherently a sustainable building method in that the end result, if properly maintained, can last for generations. By building a structure with a lifecycle of several generations, you are adhering to a sustainable building method. Choosing to incorporate local lumber into your timber frame means that fewer fossil fuels will be consumed in transporting your home materials. Consciously including green building products and energy efficient systems in your home further enhances the energy performance and life cycle of your home.
Looking to learn more? Check out Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a rating system used by the US Green Building Council to endorse the design and construction of energy-efficient homes and other structures. Interested in incorporating green building into your timber frame project? Call 309-289-7921 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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If building in a sustainable manner is appealing to you, many resources exist. To simplify your search, start with a few websites, including the US Green Building Council's Green Home Guide, listed below.