The TREE house has been under construction for a while now, but the pace is picking up! On April 11th and 12th a handful of SEED Scholars, faculty, and other volunteers came out to help “demo” the attic to prepare it for insulation. Early on in the design process it was determined that the benefits of sealing and insulating the attic outweigh the costs of keeping the space useable and trying to seal the house from the roof.
This demo involved (in the words of Nate Adams, Founder of Energy Smart Home Performance):
- Demolition of knee walls (short walls used to support the rafters in timber roof construction)
- Removal of floor boards within 18” to outside walls
- Removal of existing insulation within 18” from outside walls and above top plate
It was hard work, but we had a lot of fun working together and it went way faster than we planned. Stay tuned for updates about the next phases of insulating the TREE House.
Acknowledgments: A big thank you to Nate Adams for being so patient with us volunteers and to Professor Debbie Kasper for the photos and editing assistance.