Advanced framing techniques mean high performance for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Advanced framing techniques mean high performance for the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

One of the advanced framing techniques used in the Proud Green Home at Serenbe offers greater insulation while using less material.

A header over a window or door opening typically uses three 2x8s. But these three planks doesn't allow for insulation, which leads to thermal bridging. That means heat travels the through the wood. When it's hot outside, that heat moves in to the building. When it's cold outside, heat moves from the interior of the home to the outside. The homeowner wastes energy.

With an insulated header design, only two 2x8s are required. That allows for insulation to be added to the header to stop thermal bridging. In the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, that means BASF spray foam insulation provides a high insulative value in a space that would otherwise be a problem area.

Here, Luis Imery, builder of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, gives an overview of the insulated header design and some the advanced framing techniques. This technique result in less lumber used and greater opportunity for insulation and air sealing to create thermal break in the walls. Minimizing thermal bridging results in greater energy efficiency and comfort because the house is better insulated with no cold spots.

 

See a slide show with more advanced building techniques.

Read more about the Proud Green Home at Serenbe.


Topics: Building Green, Insulation, Lumber and Structured Panels, Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Companies: Southface Energy Institute, BASF Corporation, Serenbe Sustainable Community, LG Squared, Inc., The Imery Group, Benjamin Obdyke, Zehnder America, Huber Engineered Woods


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