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Which wood is best for framing timber frame construction in homes?
Wall assemblies - new construction

Lumber choices for wood frame construction - choosing timber for framing & building homes

...timber commonly referred to as CLS wood timber became popular in Canada for building strong and durable timber-framed homes but is rarely referred to as CLS lumber in North America. This timber is usually manufactured from kiln-dried fir, pine, or spruce. It is then treated, planed, and finally finished with rounded ed...

DLT Dowel Laminated Timber
Wood and organic materials

Two new options of mass timber panels

...Timber (DLT): Dowel Laminated Timber is a structural material that is fabricated using wooden dowels only, and require no glues, resins, nails or metal fasteners. DLT originated in Switzerland, where it is known as Dübeldolz. This solid wood product uses hardwood pegs to assemble wooden boards oriented in the same ...

Diving to retrieve sunken timber from the log drive
Recycled and Reclaimed Materials

Reclaiming sunken timber from the log drive

...timber since 1997. "There are some areas where logs are hard to find, others where they are lying on top of each other," says Rob Black of Logs End. And regarding quality he adds, "the dense forest canopies of the 19th century caused trees to grow slow and straight. This resulted in wood with very tight grain and ric...

Sustainably built Prefabricated Tiny houses from FabCab
Tiny house

Tiny Houses: The FabCab prefabricated building WA

...Timber frames use less wood than stud framing. Reduced waste: FabCab utilizes state of the art computerized cutting machines that minimize waste. This creates precise, high quality assemblies, and reduces delays. Energy efficiency: Plumbing lines can be roughed-in for optional solar water heater to be used with the...

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding
Exterior cladding

Shou sugi ban carbonized wood siding from Japan, what is it & how to make it?

...timber could also be an Eco-Friendly Shou sugi ban choice, as the burnt finish should equalize out the color differences of reclaimed timber planks. So, this process is not complicated but should be done with safety in mind; remember you're playing with fire here. Keep some water close by and use goggles and a respir...

Timber frame construction
Wood and organic materials

Wood frame construction

...timber regulation established by the EU, who wish to ban illegally harvested timber, both imported and domestically produced, from the market, stating, “From 3 March 2013, any operator who places timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time must ensure that they have been legally produced.” Similar m...

Hawaii Preparatory Academy Energy Laboratory
Living Building Challenge

What is the Living Building Challenge?

...timber. All wood must be certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 100% labeling standards, from salvaged sources, or from the intentional harvest of timber onsite. 14) Appropriate sourcing: The project must incorporate place-based solutions and contribute to the expansion of a regional economy rooted in sust...

Concrete, wood and steel structures compared - Timber Frame wins!
Materials and resources

How wood structures compare to steel and concrete for Carbon Footprint

...timber ), wood offers an excellent flexibility in architectural design. While it is found mostly in the residential sector (single-family and low-rise multi-unit buildings), there is an increasing interest in exploring buildings of greater heights. For example, the Oakwood Tower , proposed for the city of London in the...

Concrete floors and timber frame as thermal mass
Efficient home design

The pros and cons of thermal mass in buildings

...timber frames. Intentionally adding greater amounts of thermal mass in a building can be an advantage or a disadvantage depending on a lot of factors, and there is no right answer as to whether or not it will benefit you specifically on a day-to-day basis. Turning down thermostats to save energy: A lot of us grew u...

wood ceiling in Reclaimed sunken lumber
Walls and ceilings - interior surfaces

Wood Ceilings or drywall - how to choose your ceiling material & what's the difference in cost?

...timber frame with 1.5 inch pine boards as the finished ceiling, but also the floor above © Ecohome Air quality with a timber ceiling: With wood: the only air quality issues inside a home with untreated wood is the dust coming off the saw when it’s cut. But that is among the least of your respiratory concern...

First Passive House in BC Whistler

B.C.’s First Passive House was built in Whistler in 2012.

...timber decking are a few of the extensive sustainable building features incorporated into the prefabricated design, which also meet requirements for Whistler’s Price Restricted House Initiative. “One of the major hesitations associated with ultra-low energy buildings is the construction costs,” said Alex Maurer, di...