New Ohio Eco-House Has Old, Civil War-Era Bones

It’s a brand-new, energy-efficient house with some old bones–timber frames, that is, from a 1868 Gahanna house, which have been re-used in a new home rated 40% more energy-efficient than a standard, conventionally built home.

The new Ohio home, which comes to us via Greendiary, outfitted those hefty old beams from a Civil War-era house with structural insulated panels that make use of high-efficiency 6- and 8-inch foam sheets backed on both sides with wood fiberboard. The new home makes use of solar panels, a geothermal heating system and a heat exchange system for increased energy efficiency; it also features such niceties as a state-of-the-art sound-insulated home theater and surrounding chairs that recline with a touch of a button.

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image via Greendiary

“The energy efficiency is great,” said Dan Troth, president of the building company, GreenTech Construction of Delaware, to Dispatch. “But I really love working with timber frames … because of the historic significance. They have soul, character. You can see the hand of man at work there.”  Troth built the home for a family from California looking for a summer home outside Columbus.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.