Better Walls and Roofs

Taking care of the environment we all share is of utmost importance to us. Energy efficient construction can be a complicated business. Our approach to high performance design is based in a fundamental belief in treading lightly on the earth, and is grounded in contemporary building science.

Our goal is to choose building materials that will make sense over the long term. That means finding materials that maximize the savings associated with heating and cooling efficiencies, but also recognizing the environmental impacts of producing those materials. Insulation and sheathing materials are two of the largest contributors to a building’s environmental footprint, and can impact occupant health. Wisely built enclosure systems are a key part of building a home that lasts as long as your timber frame.

A Deeper Look

Most timber frame homes are enclosed with panels that consist of foam sandwiched between OSB (Oriented Strand Board). These panels, known as structural insulated panels (or SIPs for short), are straightforward to order and install, and they provide excellent insulation. But there are significant environmental impacts associated with the manufacture, transport, and disposal of SIPs—not to mention the related health concerns associated with the chemical foams used in these types of panels. They’re pricey to boot.

TimberHomes has developed several alternative wall and roof systems. These systems meet or surpass today’s stringent energy efficiency standards, and do so with innovative, original enclosures that minimize environmental impact and chemical exposure.

What are we doing differently?