The American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention was held in beautiful Philadelphia this year. From the historic educational tour throughout the city that stopped at the National Museum of American Jewish History to the convention’s expo center featuring over 800 company booths, it is safe to say that the weekend was a huge success.
The convention center was located downtown and attendees enjoyed walking around and exploring the city on foot. The educational tour of Philadelphia took us to the Liberty Bell and the oldest open market in Philly (with fishmongers and all)! At the museum, we got to see Albert Einstein’s glasses and Steven Spielberg’s camera, a highlight of the tour for sure. The whole city was clean, and we enjoyed the charming blend of people from all walks of life that mixed together on the busy streets.
Timber Wood Framing at the AIA Convention
During the convention, by far one of my favorite features that I saw was timber framing. Timber framing is when the frame of a home or other structure is built out of wood and put together without nails. Big pieces of timber wood are cut into 8×8 inch members to construct the frame, and mortise and tenon connections are used to hold the frame together. When you build the structure of a home using timber framing, you leave the wood exposed instead of covering it up with dry wall. The exposed wood leaves a beautiful rustic look that is also very economical. Check out the following benefits of building a timber frame home below.
Timber Frame Homes Are Energy Efficient
Timber frame homes are energy efficient, largely because of how well they insulate. Wood is a natural insulator, holding in the heat of a home even when the frame is constructed with thin pieces of wood. In addition, the large pieces of wood used in timber framing allow for total coverage, unlike stick frame homes that have large spaces between the planks of the frame. Because timber frames are rarely shipped over long distances due to their size and weight, building a timber frame home strengthens the local economy and saves energy transporting your frame across the country.
Timber Frame Homes Are Strong and Durable
Structurally, timber frame homes are some of the strongest homes out there, withstanding natural disasters better than traditional stick frame homes. Timber framing is strong because of the large timber beams and the strong mortise and tenon joints that hold the structure together.
Although timber frame homes are both energy efficient and durable, they do have a downside. Without regular inspection and maintenance, timber homes are vulnerable to pest attacks from bees, termites, and woodworm.
We hope you enjoyed reading about timber framing and my weekend at the AIA convention! Leave a comment below and let us know if you would ever consider building your home using timber framing.