At a ceremony September 29, 2016 at Philadelphia’s FMC Tower, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) honored projects with the annual Groundbreaker Awards for demonstrated commitment to sustainability in the built environment.
Think modern and timber frame can’t go together? Think again. Engineered wood gives the beauty of timber framing a contemporary aesthetic. Our recent project in Maryland is a perfect example of modern timber frame architecture.
We manufactured and installed the Southern Yellow Pine glued-laminated (glulam) beams and the Douglas Fir tongue and groove decking in this modern house in Centreville, Maryland. Working closely with Torchio Architects, we helped develop the steel connection designs and the overall glulam strategy for the project.
The great room and kitchen combine seamlessly with the high ceilings and open spaces that timber frame and glulam construction allow. Stainless steel appliances and gray furniture make the wood stand out, but not take over this contemporary style. Past the kitchen, the sitting area of the screened-in porch is visible.
The amazing block fireplace has wood storage built into one side and bookshelves built into the other side. The concrete block and stainless steel chimney complement the wood beautifully.
The home office further displays how wood, metal, glass, and concrete combine and complement each other for a sleek, contemporary aesthetic.
The master bedroom features a balcony from which the homeowners can enjoy views of the river.
Rain chains, pervious concrete pavers, and native plant landscaping allows stormwater to be absorbed into the ground and not become harmful stormwater runoff.
HLTF built this tree house several years ago in the beautiful country side of West Marlborough Township, PA. Nestled among the trees, this getaway is great for kids and adults alike!
Enjoy this beautiful day and find a way to make it outside!
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.
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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.
HLTF provided the structural trusses as well as the tongue-and-groove decking for this Bonsai Studio in Kennett Square, PA.
The Douglas Fir trusses were designed with solid king-post and curved glued-laminated (glulam) bottom chord to provide an elegant finish.
Glulam timbers are extremely versatile and strong and can make possible dramatic shapes, spans and curves, which would be almost impossible with normal timber stock.
The rain chain on the exterior of the Bonsai Studio is a beautiful architectural, not to mention functioning, element.