Treehouses for grownups
November 22, 2009 7:56 PM Subscribe
Whole Tree Architecture
posted by madamjujujive (35 comments total)
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- if you'd like a house built by pioneering architect Roald Gundersen
, your first step might be to hike in your nearby woods to choose some young, wind-bent, and diseased "Charlie Brown" trees
. Small diameter round trees have 150% the strength of milled lumber and twice the strength of steel in tension. Besides structural and environmental advantages, whole trees make for some beautiful
.From the NY Times article
"And when the trees are left whole, they sequester carbon. “For every ton of wood, a ton and a half of carbon dioxide is locked up,” he said, whereas producing a ton of steel releases two to five tons of carbon. So the more whole wood is used in place of steel, the less carbon is pumped into the air.
These passive solar structures also need very little or no supplemental heat.
Tom Spaulding, the executive director of Angelic Organics Learning Center, near Rockford, Ill., northwest of Chicago, knows about this because he commissioned Mr. Gundersen to build a 1,600-square-foot training center in 2003. He said: “In the middle of winter, on a 20-below day, we’re in shorts, with the windows and doors open. And we don’t burn a bit of petroleum."