Energy efficiency has been part of our environmental commitment since 1974.
Hugh Lofting has incorporated sustainable design and environmental stewardship into our mission, methods, and projects since we began in business. We have long been committed to energy and design efficiency, and have embraced the use of reclaimed and salvaged woods and environmentally aware finishes. With members of our team qualified as LEED Green Associates and Certified Passive House Consultants, we wear our commitment proudly. Whether you choose Hugh Lofting for a timber frame project or for high performance building, you’ll notice our dedication to the environment and responsible energy use.
Hugh Lofting earned Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody certification, indicating products used in our FSC® timber framing projects come from responsibly managed forests. 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.
Hugh Lofting is credentialed as a Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS) Certified Builder and has a PHIUS Certified Design Consultant (CPHC®) on staff. Attaining PHIUS certification means we understand passive house design principles, have mastered craftsmanship techniques specific to passive houses, and can meet challenges in the North American climate. Click to learn more about Passive Houses and our certifications.
Whether designed to achieve a high performance building certification or not, timber framing lends itself to smart building efficiency. Most timber framed structures can be enclosed with an envelope of insulated panels, creating an extremely energy efficient building. Insulated panels have high insulation ratings (R value) and allow very little air infiltration, keeping interiors warmer in winter and cooler in summer.
Click here to read about Combining Timber Framing with High Performance Building from the June 2015 edition of Architectural Roofing and Waterproofing magazine.