Timber frame homes are the greenest — January 20, 2009
If you are considering building a home, then the best option is a timber frame home. Timber frame homes are stronger and last longer than homes built by other building methods. It is a building technique that has been used for centuries and some timber frame homes in Japan and Europe are several centuries old.
The biggest advantage of a timber frame home is the efficiency level; it is much more efficient than traditional mortar-and-brick homes. Even if brick homes are fitted with energy-saving devices such as wood fuelled boilers and solar panels, they will always struggle and never be able to match the efficiency of timber frame homes.
One of the biggest contributors to global warming is carbon emissions from homes. In a recent study to find the main cause of carbon emissions, it was reported that British homes contribute to nearly 33% of all UK carbon emissions. The Government is introducing new measures to counter this high rate and wants all new buildings in the UK to be zero carbon by 2011 and 25% more energy efficient by April 2009.
A high concentration of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere leads to a reduction of heat lost into space and warmer atmospheric temperatures.
It is very important to build an energy efficient home that helps to reduce the resources needed to cool and heat your home.