Sep 24, 2014 — Hugh Lofting Timber Framing built the timber framed portion of this beautiful Western Red Cedar screened in porch designed by Archer & Buchanan Architecture.
June 12, 2014 : HLTF built the beautiful hourglass bridge at Longwood Gardens New Meadow Garden. We are very proud to be part of this project as it promotes both environmental stewardship as well as sustainable building methods through the use of local businesses and regionally sourced materials.
If you take a drive through Chester County horse country with Hugh J. Lofting, you’ll likely hear more about the King Ranch, township road maintenance, and American McMansions than you will about timber framing. With self-deprecating humor and an easy laugh, Hugh is quick to point out some of the less-than-smart anecdotes of his youth (don’t take a sailboat dinghy down a hurricane-swollen river). He weaves a story of family history in Montana and Pennsylvania and the evolution of his life and work, as intricate as the timber-frame structures for which his company is known – and as richly detailed.
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 has been awarded Best of Houzz 2014 in the Design and Customer Satisfaction categories as our portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2013! We would like to congratulate our fellow winners!
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.
The HLTF tree house was featured on Houzz!!! Check it out: