Tuesday, July 28, 2009

July's Monthly Meeting Topic: Timber Frame Construction

You are invited to come to the monthly meeting of the San Antonio Sustainable Living group on Tuesday, July 28th starting at 7pm in the classroom at Whole Foods Market in the Quarry Shopping Center. This month's topic will be on Timber Frame construction.

Most are familiar with the standard residential construction using light wood framing of wood studs, joists, and trusses. Timber Frame construction is made from much larger wood posts and beams. When designed correctly, timber frame construction uses less wood than conventional light wood framing. Wood can be provided by sustainable harvesting methods that is documented by third parties to determine the amount of lumber removed from an area for production does not exceed the amount of wood that grows in that area during the same period of time.

Heavy timber construction is very durable and allows for a variety of high performance materials that can be used as the "skin" of the building. There are many different types of framing that can be used in the broad category of heavy timber.

We will have a representative from Texas Timber Frames appear to give the presentation, and hopefully hear from Sand Creek Post & Beam as well to present a similar option of timber frame construction.

Our meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month except for December, and unless otherwise notified are held in the classroom of Whole Foods Market (behind the cheese and wine sections). Hope to see you there. For more information on topics covered, visit the websites www.texastimberframes.com

Update: Here is a link to a series of YouTube videos of our July meeting by OrganicTexas.

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