Hugh Lofting Timber Framing Gains Passive House Certification
Company recognized by Passive House Institute US as one of only seven Certified PHIUS Builders in Pennsylvania; passive house project underway in West Chester, Pa.
The PHIUS designation means the company understands passive house principles, has mastered craftsmanship techniques specific to passive houses, and can meet challenges specific to the North American climate.
A passive house achieves overall energy savings of 60-70 percent through super-insulation and airtight building envelopes, highly efficient HVAC systems or energy recovery ventilation, high-performance windows, and moisture control.
Passive construction does not employ active technologies such as photovoltaics, and can thereby be less expensive when the principles are used alone. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Challenge Home program, passive and active design principles used together can be the best direction toward Net Zero houses.
“Hugh Lofting Timber Framing has long been committed to energy and design efficiency,” said founder Hugh Lofting. “The firm has embraced the use of FSC® certified timbers, reclaimed and salvaged woods, and environmentally aware finishes. Attaining PHIUS certification demonstrates to our clients and colleagues that we remain focused on long-lasting, energy-efficient homes and buildings.”
A passive house is heated primarily by passive solar gain and by internal gains from people and electrical equipment. Energy loss is minimized through super-insulation and an airtight building envelope. Shading and window orientation help to avoid heat gain, which limits cooling loads. Superior air quality and comfort are accomplished with a heat/energy recovery ventilator.
PHIUS Certified Builders have passed a four-day training program and a written exam. There are 45 PHIUS Certified Builders in the U.S. Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Inc. is one of seven in Pennsylvania.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing presently has a passive house in construction in West Chester, Pa. To find out more on this project, visit the owner’s blog The Winding Path to a Simple Home. The 2,000-square-foot residence includes high-performance Intus windows and a super-insulated structure. Completion is planned for early 2014. The house will stand as a local example of passive house techniques blended with timber frame craftsmanship.
About Passive House Institute US
Passive House Institute US is a registered 501(c)3. The organization’s goal is to build a network of other organizations and individuals to share expertise, resources, and effort toward goals of energy conservation, sustainability, smart growth, systems thinking in design, and a higher quality of life for all. For more information visit http://www.passivehouse.us.
FSC® Chain of Custody Certification indicates compliance with high social and environmental standards.
FSC certification indicates compliance with some of the highest social and environmental standards worldwide. Certified participants promote world forest management in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner.
FSC Chain of Custody Certification applies to manufacturers, processors, and traders of FSC certified forest products. Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, as an FSC Certified Chain of Custody company, joins over 3,400 others in the U.S. who have made this commitment to sustainable wood and paper products.
“The certification shows to our clients and the community that we prioritize forest stewardship and environmental responsibility,” said founder Hugh Lofting. “We remain focused on crafting long-lasting, energy-efficient homes and buildings.”
Certification creates an incentive for forest owners and managers to follow best social and environmental practices. Growing demand for FSC certification indicates that consumers prefer products from well-managed forests. Global benefits of FSC’s certifications and programs including protecting biodiversity, indigenous peoples’ rights, workers’ rights, and areas of environmental and cultural importance.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing underwent a rigorous audit by BM TRADA Certification, Inc. and was found to meet the requirements of standards FSC-STD-50-001 (Version 1.2) EN and FSC-STD-40-004 (Version 2.1) EN for FSC Chain of Custody Certification.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing is certified in the purchase of FSC certified heavy timber, glue-laminated lumber, and decking for the manufacture and sale of FSC Certified heavy timber, engineered lumber, trusses, decking, structural frames, and roof systems. The certification is valid through 2018.
About The Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent non-governmental organization that promotes environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous management of the world’s forests. FSC sets standards by which forests are certified, offering credible verification to people who are buying wood and wood products. For more information visit www.fsc.org.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing presents the timber framing of the Lenfest Center at the ChesLen Preserve.
Our in-house designers worked closely with the architects at Archer & Buchanan incorporating and designing the timber frame portions of this beautiful building.
The main building and the pavilion are crafted from Douglas Fir timbers while the trellis is crafted from Oak.
The ChesLen Preserve is one of the Natural Lands Trust conservation preserves located in Coatesville, PA.
There is no easy answer to this question because there are so many factors that go into the price of a timber frame. For example, the timber species, complexity and even the type of joinery can greatly alter the price of a timber frame. These factors put the cost of a timber frame in the range of $50,000 to $500,000 and up. Typical residential customers usually spend around $75,000-$200,000 for an addition, $50,000-$250,000 for a barn, $9,000-$50,000 for a pergola and specialty projects can be anywhere on that spectrum.
Buckley’s Tavern, in Centreville, DE, has been a local favorite for over 60 years. HLTF was very excited to be contracted to create a rooftop pergola for the restaurant which is currently under going extensive renovations.
Under the new timber frame terrace will be an updated rooftop bar and dining area.
The owners selected planed and sanded mixed Oak material for the frame. There was no finish applied to the timbers due to their desire for a natural aging process.
Traditional mortise and tenon joinery was used in conjunction with steel connectors to the existing structure to create a beautiful and sound frame.
2×8 Southern Yellow Pine tongue and groove decking, also unfinished, was installed to cover the timber framed terrace.
The covered terrace creates a canopy providing shade and protection from the elements for the restaurant patrons.
HLTF is very excited to be part of the renovations of such a long-standing community establishment and we are looking forward to the re-opening.
Check out Buckley’s Tavern on Facebook for more information about the re-opening of the restaurant.
Here are a couple of our most recent projects ranging from a restaurant terrace to a great room roof truss system all the way to a nature preserve.
The Osteria at Catelli Duo in Vorhees, NJ.
The great room roof truss system at the Hansen House.
The Natural Lands Trust ChesLen Preserve Building.
Check back to see the full blog posts for these projects.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, Inc. completed the glued-laminated timber sanctuary roof truss system of the Pitman United Methodist Church in Pitman, NJ for W.S. Cumby in 2007.
Over 128 glulam timber pieces and 8,400 board feet of decking were assembled and installed above the sanctuary floor. “This project provided lots of challenges for our team but the lattice like ceiling is truly beautiful to look at now that it is complete,” says Hugh Lofting, HLTF president.
Traditionally a hand-cut timber framing company, HLTF has developed strategic partnerships with several glulam manufacturers and has developed the in-house installation expertise to make large-scale projects a part of the custom, personalized services it can offer clients.
The YMCA in Phoenixville, PA needed to expand its quarters to accommodate growth but at the same time wanted to create a beautiful space that lent itself to a variety of public and YMCA specific activities.
Kramer/Marks P.C. Architects envisioned an open entry area that brought the outdoors in with massive tree like trusses and vast expanses of glass.
The upper level running track is designed to give the athlete the feeling of running through the tree branches. What better way to imitate trees than with timber framing.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing assembled and raised the five main and two small entry ‘tree’ trusses in the field and installed the 19,000 square feet of laminated yellow pine decking over the trusses.
The curves were manufactured by Unadilla Laminated Products of glued-laminated southern yellow pine.
“This project provided lots of challenges for out team,” says Hugh Lofting, company president, “but our client, Warfel Construction, is very happy and has asked us to construct and raise the additional trusses required to complete the project.
Hugh Lofting Timber Framing, as part of the project team working with Bernardon Haber Holloway Architects, W.S. Cumby and the owner, provided the design, material sourcing, and raising of the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) certified glued-laminated (glulam) structure of the new Dansko headquarters and retail facility.
In keeping with the project’s commitment to sustainability and green architecture, the glulam timbers are constructed of FSC certified Douglas Fir.
These glulams were used to span the open space needed for the retail space and showroom.
In the main lobby there is an arched glulam entryway that frames the doors to the showroom. Behind the entryway is a living wall, a bio-filter which naturally removes VOC’s from the air.
Dansko’s owners, long committed to sustainability, incorporated many green building and sustainable design features in the new building, which is LEED-NC Gold Certified and was honored with a Merit Award by the Delaware Chapter of the AIA.