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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorjwd
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2016 edited
    Does anyone know if there are any breathable construction methods for a timber frame house that can be built off site and of any one who does them. Trying to get to passive or near passive and the build is in the SE of England.

    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2016
    Do you mean draughty, vapour open, or air permeable?

    Masonry can be vapour open but it is dangerous in terms of rot and interstitial condensation to have vapour open and timber frame and the better insulated you are the colder the outside of your frame will get.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2016
    Wrong end of the island and more a “prefab” than the panel style I suspect you're thinking of but Carbon Dynamic (as they seem to be called now, I talked to them a while ago as Carbonlite Design and Build) have system of timber frames full of sheep's wool with a layer of woodfibre board on the outside. Built off site and very breathable.


    Wasn't there a company doing straw bale panels like this in the west country? Maybe in Bath?
    • CommentAuthorjanoska666
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2016
    Hi Folks , i lived in Finland.They have been doing prefab for years. The current trend is pushing against Passiv houses. Unhealthy buildings. People are becoming sick and now have to live in Quarantine type housing developments. I am aware it depends on ventilation, air change rates etc. Its just a development to bear in mind .

    This outfit do prefab at a decent price. Exemplary quality and price. Put PV on the roof and away you go

    see www.sunhouse.fi
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMay 14th 2016
    Lot of FUD about this evening, isn't there?
    Posted By: Ed DaviesLot of FUD about this evening, isn't there?
    You mean about Grexit I assume......
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2016
    No, the kettles thread is the Brexit FUD.
    • CommentTimeMay 16th 2016
    Ed Davies asked: "Wasn't there a company doing straw bale panels like this in the west country? Maybe in Bath?

    You may be thinking of Modcell but I think it may be worth looking at Ecofab http://www.eco-fab.co.uk/

    I think there are others if the OP searches for pre-cut timber homes but I don't know enough about any of them to make a suggestion.
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeMay 20th 2016
    This is the company that did our t/f.


    They went into liquidation while my house was being built, but by that time, we had all the timber on-site, so everything was fine. They re-financed and started again as a smaller operation. Was very impressed with the t/f. I had open panels with Warmcell installed later, but they may do closed panel construction.
    Go on Ed - another chance to do your Trademark one 'l' thing. :wink:
    How about building a timber frame off site and then hempcrete?
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