Holliston LEED House

This is the story of a family who built the first LEED "green" house in Holliston, Massachusetts. We were trying to spend no more than it would take to build an ordinary house,and maybe even succeeded. The dust is still settling.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

"Lift and separate"

This shot was taken last night. Note the west section of the house, which has only SIPs and no timber frame. Although the SIPs will hold the walls without additional support, the laminate ridge beam (which goes at the peak) needs the support of an interior wall. The second picture shows the wall. When the crane comes, the ridge beam will be lifted onto this wall and tied to the building. Then, the roof panels complete the wing.

The fact that we will have this one-story section with a standard 8' ceiling allows us to hide ductwork, plumbing vents and waste pipes, wiring and other system parts in the crawl space above the wing. The rest of the house, being cathedral ceilings, does not allow us to hide anything.

This offers us the ability to separate the utility ducting and unbeautiful junk from the main portion of the house to some extent.



At February 25, 2009 at 12:23 PM , Blogger Claudia said...

I want to see a shot of the whole place from the other side, too.


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