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Inside Look: Panelized Building Systems & Maximizing Energy Efficiency
Friday, March 15th, 2019 @ 7:43pm
Blog By: Timber Block
While Panelized home building is not necessarily a “new” way of building, many new homeowners are choosing this direction more than ever. Here’s a look at why a panelized home may be the right choice for you.
The Efficiency of a Panelized Home
Not only is panelized construction a faster, more efficient way of building, it’s also a “healthier” option. Panelized building often results in a higher level of energy efficiency, sustainability and comfort. In addition, Timber Block’s building system takes this even further. Utilizing a patented system building process, a Timber Block home consists of eastern white pine, which is cut, sanded and stained in a quality-controlled factory. The pieces of wood are then insulated with a closed cell polyurethane foam which results in an R-30 wall (R-36 available). The pieces are then bonded together under thousands of pounds of pressure and thru-bolted every 2 feet, creating panels that are easily flat-stacked. This efficient process allows the home to be delivered anywhere in the world, as many homes can be delivered on one truck – or container. And being part of the Holmes Approved Program means that these panels are inspected before leaving the factory.
Time Lapse: Timber Block Home Being Assembled
Maximizing Energy Efficiency in a New Home
The importance of energy efficiency is no question for today’s homeowner. Not only does an energy efficient home save you money, but it’s good for the environment and your health! A highly energy efficient home will be tightly sealed, allowing the homeowner to have more control over the indoor air quality.
The “R” Factor
Part of the answer to a highly energy efficient home is the “R” factor. The “R” factor is a measurement of resistance to heat transfer through materials. The “R” factor calculation is about 1.25 inch of wood per “R”, depending on the type of wood. Using pine as an example, it’s about 1.35 inch per “R”. Using that example, on average, a square 6 inch “log” will be an approximate R-8. The higher the “R”, the more energy efficient your home is.
A common location for air infiltration on a traditionally built home is around windows and doors. Through Timber Block’s manufacturing process, every single opening is properly sealed, which is later inspected for quality assurance.
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning play a big part in the level of energy efficiency. These considerations, along with Timber Block’s R-30/R-36 wall and tight thermal envelope will ensure your home is as energy efficient as possible! Plus, not only will you enjoy saving money on energy bills, you and your family will be breathing fresh healthy air at all times.
Learn more about Timber Block here: http://blog.timberblock.com/panelized-wood-home-system