Timber frame: low energy, high performance

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Author Geoffrey Pitts and advisory editor TRADA Technology's Robin Lancashire introduce TRADA's new book about best practices in site planning and building design to achieve energy efficiency.

Energy efficiency in buildings comes at a cost. Energy is another word for fuel - most commonly electricity, gas, oil or solid (coal) fuel. All fuel costs money in some form and the more fuel that can be saved with energy efficient buildings, the lower the running costs for building users and owners.

Article from the TRADA Timber Industry Yearbook 2011

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