Much of our design and construction planning focuses on reducing the energy our projects consume not only to the benefit of those enjoying the home, but to the larger community and planet. One of the best ways to influence this: special considering, planning, and detailing of the wall and roof system - aka: the project's envelope.
Whether it is simply the roof sheathing on a pavilion or the insulating roof and walls of a lived-in structure, the timber frame must be protected from the elements. Often times our clients are comfortable handling the majority of the enclosure, but no matter if they choose to go it alone or bring us in to handle the heavy lifting, there's a wealth of skill and experience ready to go to work, bringing the building to a weatherproof state in a timely and appropriate fashion.
Depending on if we are hired to provide our enclosure services because of a lack of labor on site, or the skills we offer, or the time we can save, the results are the same. When our enclosure team leaves, shortly after the frame is raised, the owner has a structure standing and enclosed, prepared for windows and roof, ready for the local trades to finish the home.
We are set up to pre-manufacture stress skin sidewalls and roof panels for our frames. The timber frame raising is a primary milestone in any timber construction project. Once the frame is raised the next objective is shedding water off of the frame. The completed enclosure allows the owner-builder and/or the general contractor to install the roof and have a dried in structure.
Our crews regularly follow our frames around the block and across the country to complete this next critical path component of the building process. We use stress skin panels made by various panel manufacturers and our own Matrix wall enclosure system. Additionally, we provide and install many species and grades of tongue and groove sheathing.
Below showcases airtight membrane components, called "floppy bits" with high-performance tapes and 12" - 36" wide strips of membrane material that we pre-install behind posts or through tricky wall and roof intersections, which gives us something to connect the roof/wall membranes to as the building envelope is pieced together.
Interior vapor membranes and tapes are also critical to the performance/envelope.