I'm in the planning stages to build a decent workshop and thought I'd ask if
anyone knows where I can obtain info on building one that is relatively
energy efficient from a heating / cooling standpoint. I don't make scrap
(ha) so, while, I'll probably have a wood stove in it.. I'd really like to
have a well thought out insulation plan.. like radiant floors heated by
solar heated water to be used both for the sink and heating. Latest in
I'm up in the air about whether to go with a metal building or wood.. I like
the thought of low maintenance on a metal building... but the "warmth" of a
Any thoughts appreciated. I don't know if the govt puts out any pubs on
this or not.
One of the most energy efficient ways to build is using Insulating Concrete
Forms (ICF) There are many systems and you can do it yourself.
www.integraspec.com www.standardicf.com www.polysteel.com
They are very noise proof, have withstood tornados, and cut heating by about
Lew, Northern Calif.. inland.. Climate wise.. let's say Sacramento.. close
enough. I saw a program on DIY where this architect hired a specialized
architectural company to design/build his home. I thought they had some
pretty great ideas.. but can't locate it. I'd also like to incorporate some
of these ideas into my future home... but a steel building would not be
considered for that ;-o
Bill, Healdsburg, CA
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