Timber Frame Company Demonstrates Commitment to Conservation by Building Environmentally-Friendly Manufacturing Facility

Claremont, NH (PRWEB) December 22, 2007

Davis Frame Company Inc., an established New England manufacturer of timber frame homes, has revealed plans to build an environmentally-friendly timber frame manufacturing facility in Claremont, New Hampshire. The Davis Frame Company is designing their newest building to meet the high energy conservation and environmental standards required to be Silver-Certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

“The Davis Frame Company is committed to environmental conservation and stewardship. By designing and building the most energy-efficient and environmentally responsible shop that we can, we are trying to set a new standard for manufacturing,” says Jeff Davis, cofounder of Davis Frame. “Aside from generating excitement and pride within our organization, we’ll be preserving natural resources, reducing energy costs, improving workplace comfort and well-being, and limiting the impact of construction in our local environment.”

“We also hope to demonstrate to others how far environmental design has come,” adds Rick Bascom, co-owner of the company. “All of the methods we are incorporating in the construction of our new facility can be applied, in part or in whole, to the construction of beautiful, traditionally constructed timber frame homes. What many people don’t realize is that environmental designs typically return enormous cost-savings in the long run because they use so much less energy.”

The new shop space will provide approximately 13,000 square feet that will be used to house specialized machinery and to manufacture a wide range of timber frame products. There are significant benefits to manufacturing the component parts of timber frame buildings at an off-site facility such as this one. Because it offers a controlled environment, the advantages include improved overall construction quality, reduced site construction costs, and the ability to more easily control and reduce waste.

Environmentally-friendly aspects of the new Davis Frame Company shop’s design include: a high percentage of recycled material, primarily in the steel and concrete of the structure; wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council; building materials with high insulation values to reduce heating and cooling costs and energy requirements; lighting engineered for efficiency and low energy use; low and no-VOC paints and adhesives; recycled and recyclable carpet tiles; low-flow bathroom fixtures; and on-site collection, storage and use of rainwater thanks to a rain capture system and rain gardens (beds planted with special vegetation that naturally filters and treats the water).

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The rating system was designed to promote buildings that are economically profitable, environmentally friendly and healthy for humans. For more information about the USGBC and the USGBC’s LEED rating system, please visit http://www.usgbc.org.

About the Davis Frame Company:

Over two decades ago, Jeff Davis and Rick Bascom realized they shared a common dream: to build the finest custom-designed timber frame homes. Together they formed the Davis Frame Company. Both dedicated artisans, they have consistently attracted like-minded individuals to work with them who share the same ideals of quality, collaboration and an unrelenting passion for the trade. Every home by Davis Frame is both an expression of these values and a reflection of the owner’s desires.

For more information on Davis Frame Company, or to purchase our timber frame book, please visit Davis Frame.

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Alberta Timber Frame Home Receives one of the Most Efficient Energy Ratings Given by EnerGuide, Canadas Equivalent of EnergyStar


(PRWEB) August 25, 2011

The Lefebvre home was not designed primarily to achieve high energy ratings, but instead to be a reflection of the homeowners aesthetic style, while reducing energy costs at the same time.

“We were trying to bring old Quebec City to Calgary,” said Lefebvre. “We love the architecture of old Quebec City, so the house is designed with those kinds of elements in mind: lots of rock, timber frame, and large porches in the front and back.”

So how did they achieve a rating of 86? In addition to the traditional mortise and tenon joinery of the timber frame, the Lefebvre foundation was built with Advantage insulated concrete forms (ICFs) and enclosed with Insulspan structural insulated panels (SIPs). These super-insulating products are designed into all Riverbend homes to work seamlessly with the framing. Additional products used within the project include Plasti-Span insulation under the basement slab, a passive solar design and radiant heating.

The result is that the Lefebvres 6,100-square-foot home costs roughly $ 200 per month to heat in a cold climate. In addition to lower energy costs, the Lefebvres high rating qualifies them for an energy-efficiency rebate of $ 10, 000. Brent Cooper, Riverbends Western sales manager, worked with the Lefebvres on the project and said hes proud of the homes rating.

What I think is most exciting is that they were able to accomplish it primarily because of the insulating products Riverbend uses in their building system, he said. But at the same time, they didnt have to give up their original timber frame design concept.

Cooper said this level of energy efficiency is unique to Riverbend timber frame homes.

I know of no other timber frame company in North America with the ability to provide a building shell of this standard, he said. He added that the tight building shell allows Riverbend customers to enjoy the beauty of their open timber frame design, including vaulted spaces, without increasing their energy costs.

Homeowner Steven Lefebvre said that the flexibility of design and the use of a strong family of products were two of the reasons he chose Riverbend to create his custom timber frame home.

One of the reasons I picked Riverbend Timber Framing was that the ICFs, timber and SIPs had to fit together perfectly, Lefebvre said. It proved to be a very wise decision.

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