Monday, February 1, 2010

Saving a tree or two

In the meantime, framing has started. Abe is almost done with the basement walls and started to lay out the first floor framing members. We decided to use a manufactured joist system. That means that we don’t use fully grown trees for these large members, but plywood, assembled from smaller trees, normally taken out of overgrown forests to make room for the others to grow.
This puts these saplings to a good use without cutting down old trees. It also takes advantage of the geometry of the members, using a minimum amount of material (=weight) and getting a maximum amount of stability for it- and as a little side effect, the members don’t shrink (and cause squeaky floors down the road), like solid “green” lumber and you get green points for it, too.
A real win-win scenario.

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