How cool is elimination of the need for external energy altogether? Think of a house as a free-standing energy system – without need for external energy sources to maintain habitability and comfort. So what makes a building sustainable?
Using a portable bandsaw mill looks easy – just put the log in the cradle and cut away. Well… Not so much.
After a mountain of scrap, and probably 20 hours of unnecessary cuts – I eventually dialed in a method of efficiently cutting a log. This tutorial enables a beginner with a bandsaw mill to become efficient a lot faster than I did.
Sketchup is a great freeware 3D modeling program formerly owned by google. It is now managed by a group out of Boulder. It’s a great program.
When I invested the 2 weeks of long days building the model, I often wondered if it was going to be worth the time. In retrospect – yes it was – absolutely hands down one of the best investments I made. The model enabled:
Superior communications with the build crew
The ability to “audit” materials – count sticks
Communicate what the finished product would look like to my wife and others
Helped identify mechanical defects with the engineer, Mark Benjamin, (970) 472-2394, www.crownjade.com during construction. We were able to do electronic reviews of issues using screen sharing before we started.