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Eco-Friendly Timber Frame Homes

Sustainable building practices are not only friendly to the earth, but also to your budget. Learn how to implement green options to create an eco-friendly timber frame home, including using reclaimed materials, eco-friendly insulation, solar energy options, energy-efficient windows and more.

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The Advantage of Using SIPs, or Structural Insulated Panels
Timber homes are leading the charge in comfort and energy efficiency, thanks to the use of structural insulated panels (SIPs), which enclose the frame and make it weather tight.
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Getting Creative with Natural Materials
How creative can you really get with natural building materials?
5 Ways to Incorporate Reclaimed Materials Into Your Home
5 Ways to Incorporate Reclaimed Materials Into Your Home
Here are a few of our favorite options on how to use reclaimed materials in your timber frame.
The Case for Straw Bale Timber Frame Homes
The Case for Straw Bale Timber Frame Homes
Why straw bales are increasingly popular for timber-home walls.
What is a Solar Tube?
What is a Solar Tube?
Solar tubes — also known as sun tubes or tubular skylights — can help to permanently light your home without using extra energy...
The Benefits of Passive Solar Design on Your Timber Frame
The Benefits of Passive Solar Design on Your Timber Frame
Nature’s best heat and light source provides necessary warmth efficiently. Learn about passive solar design and how to incorpor...
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Using Reclaimed Wood in Timber Home Design
Vintage charm and one-of-a-kind character make reclaimed wood a winner with homeowners.
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4 Steps for Buying or Building a Timber Home
Follow these fundamentals, and you’ll be on the road to timber home perfection. These steps will show you how to buy or start b...
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Enclosing Time
Timber homes save you energy, time and money — from the outside in.
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Choosing Windows For Your Timber Frame Home
Our go-to guide for choosing the best windows for your timber home.
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The Timber Home Difference
This free guide addresses timber frame homes from top to bottom, energy efficiency to layouts, joints and trusses to wood speci...
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Choosing Windows For a Timber Home
Our go-to guide for choosing the best windows for your timber home.
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Industry Insider: Tedd Benson
One of the most celebrated homebuilders in America, Tedd Benson is a true champion of the traditional timber-frame home — with ...
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5 Quick Facts About SIPs
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are a practical, economical and eco-friendly wall system. Here are 5 quick facts about SIPs ...
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Mountain Timber Home Showcases Energy-Efficiency Construction
Energy efficiency was the goal, but reclaimed materials and an eye for detail give this Montana mountain timber home a little f...
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New England Timber Barn Awarded "Outstanding" Green Design
A New England timber barn wins big with its highly efficient pre-fab design.
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Green Remodeling: Update Your Timber Home
Insider tips for mastering your green remodeling project.
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Small, Green & Affordable: A Well-Designed Timber Home in Colorado
A timber framer builds his home on a tight budget, trading square footage for space and special touches in a few important places.
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Windows & Doors: Boosting Energy Efficiency
The right windows and doors will go a long way toward boosting your home’s energy efficiency and comfort.
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A Guide to Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs
With legislation phasing out traditional incandescent light bulbs, it's time to brush up on your energy-efficient light bulb op...