Insulating a Timber Frame House

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Timber insulating timber frame house it comes to insulating. With the high cathedral ceilings that characterize a timber frame, it is not always possible to pack insulation into an attic or truss system. And even when the infill systems that work with timber frames can be found, they are often expensive and difficult to air-seal. Additionally, many home owners want to keep the massive timbers and wood-to-wood joinery of their structure as a focal point rather than hiding it behind an exterior shell.

Insulating Your Timber Frame House: Tips for Energy Efficiency

As a result, there is a continual drive to insulate new timber-framed dwellings to ever more stringent performance requirements. In parallel, there has been a movement to improve the energy performance of existing dwellings. This is largely driven by government instigated schemes offering financial incentives to carry out energy improvement measures, including the retrofitting of insulation into both cavity walls and timber-framed buildings.

Generally, the most cost-effective and durable solution for insulating timber frame houses is with structural insulated panels (SIPs), which are prefabricated in a factory and fastened to the timber framing. These are composed of an insulating foam core sandwiched between two pieces of oriented strand board and are available in a wide range of sizes to suit any space, making them a good choice for new construction as well as retrofits. But for those building their own homes, the question remains: how best to insulate a timber frame house? To get the most accurate and reliable information, I consulted with a handful of insulation experts. Their advice, compiled below, will help you to choose the right insulation for your project and ensure that it is installed properly.

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