Project

Wood Masonry

Year of Completion

6-21-2013

Material of interest

Cordwood masonry

Material Used

Cordwood Masonry is a traditional construction method where cordwood logs are laid sideways in a bed of mortar. The process is said to be low in carbon and highly insulating, due to the thickness of the walls.

Properties of Materials

One of cordwood masonry’s biggest advantage for local builders is the easy accessibility of the materials. Wood does not need to be highly processed, and simple firewood is usually sufficient. Mortar mixes are also easily accessible to the general public, which is why cordwood masonry is popular in rural, self-built homes. It is also much cheaper than contracted homes, making it popular among do-it-yourself homebuilders. Materials can be acquired from local hardware stores, firewood suppliers, and masonry suppliers.

Material Properties

Material of interest: Cordwood masonry.

Material used: Cordwood Masonry is a traditional construction method where cordwood logs are laid sideways in a bed of mortar. The process is said to be low in carbon and highly insulating, due to the thickness of the walls

Properties of material: One of cordwood masonry’s biggest advantage for local builders is the easy accessibility of the materials. Wood does not need to be highly processed, and simple firewood is usually sufficient. Mortar mixes are also easily accessible to the general public, which is why cordwood masonry is popular in rural, self-built homes. It is also much cheaper than contracted homes, making it popular among do-it-yourself homebuilders. Materials can be acquired from local hardware stores, firewood suppliers, and masonry suppliers.

Application

Exterior façade

Environmental Response

Thermal insulation, Local material

Keywords

Exterior façade, Thermal insulation, Local material

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Date submitted

6-1-2013

Disciplines

Architecture

Wood Masonry

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