timber construction newsPost and beam and timber frame are both beautiful methods of building but most people think of them as one and the same. Although they are similar, there are subtle differences between them. Both are methods of building that create a frame that is self-sustaining and carries the weight of the house. The main difference in the two types of construction is the method of joining the parts.

Timber frames are always made with solid wood with mortise-and-tenon connections and secured with wood pegs. Post and beam construction typically uses half lap joinery with hidden fasteners, and decorative metal braces some of the time.

The full story can be found on Forbes.

As Mass Timber Takes Off, How Green Is This New Building Material?

timber new building materialThe eight-story Carbon 12 building in Portland, Oregon is the tallest commercial structure in the United States to be built from something called mass timber.

If the many fervent boosters of this new construction material are right, however, it is only one of the first mass timber buildings among many, the beginning of a construction revolution.

“The design community in Portland is enthralled with the material,” said Emily Dawson, an architect at Kaiser + Path, the locally-based firm that designed Carbon 12.

Interested in finding our how green the material really is? Read the full article here.

Concrete Walls Tinted to Match “Warm Tones of Sunset” form Casa Moulat in Mexico

timber work in mexicoEarthen concrete walls, planted patios and pools feature in this house in Mexican state Hidalgo, which was designed by Mexico City firm Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica.

Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica (CCA) completed the 608-square-metre Casa Moulat as a gabled volume flanked by two wings. The residence is predominantly built from concrete that has been tinted using earthen materials sourced nearby.

“”We worked hand-in-hand with the suppliers to obtain a unique colour that corresponds to the warm tones of the site at sunset,” CCA architect Fernanda Ventura told Dezeen.

“Right now, the architecture in Mexico is about using raw materials,” she said. “In a way that creates comfortable spaces, as with these earthy colours and getting back to the roots.”

The full story can be found over at Dezeen.

Building Sector Takes Concrete Steps to Address ‘Hidden Emissions’

building with timberWith the equivalent of a new mega city globally being built a month, tackling the embodied carbon in building materials is critical. Mark Hillsdon reports on moves within construction to switch to greener materials.

Over the last 20 years, the building sector has focused on tackling the 28% of global emissions created by the operational phase of a building, the greenhouse gases pumped out by offices and homes as they are cooled and heated.

Far less attention has been paid to embodied carbon, those emissions created during the building’s construction and which are effectively locked in as soon as materials like concrete and glass are created.

Ethical Corp reports on the full story.