When you build a timber frame, chances are you’ll be building a green home whiteout even knowing it. However, if sustainability is a priority for your building project, then you’ll be glad you chose a timber frame. Beyond incorporating green measures like high-efficiency appliances and regulated lighting systems, timber frame building, by its nature, is considered green in the following ways:
In most instances, timbers and other materials can be sourced locally. In some cases, you can even select certain standing trees from your building site to use in the construction of your home. In the region where Whetstone operates, there are still several local sawmills, so you can be sure you’re supporting your local economy if you choose to have your beams hewn offsite.
Some homeowners choose to recycle existing timbers. This can prove beneficial for your structure, since salvaged timbers have gone through a curing process and they maintain their shape for the life of the structure. Also, you’re recycling! Doing so can earn you credits toward LEED certification, if that’s something your interested in. Your project manager should worth with you to ensure that your salvaged timbers are structurally sound. He may also be able to help you locally source your recycled timbers.
When you build a custom home, you can use the natural features of the land to contribute to the efficiency of your house. An example of this can include incorporating south-facing windows all the way to constructing a rammed-earth home built into a hillside. The Whetstone Designs team has lived in the southern Appalachians for nearly two decades. We are happy make recommendations about how your custom home can take advantage of your building site’s features to maximize efficiency.
Lastly, timber frame structures simply last longer than conventionally-built homes. Some of the country’s oldest structures have timber frame foundations. In most instances, timber frames maintain their structural integrity through fire and other disasters. Their legendary durability means you’ll only have to build one, and it will last a lifetime, maybe more.
If you are interested in building your timber frame to US Green Building Council LEED standards, talk to the professionals at Whetstone today. We are the region’s most experienced team and we’re happy to work with you on designing the most optimal home to fit your needs.