Jacob Lough wrote:Topher, I haven't looked into the solar batch heaters. I've seen a few pictures but had no idea what they were. I imagine there are ways to build those yourself? I'm not keen on the asthetics of it, but now I'm nit-picking.. I'll check into it. =)
For insulation, we plan to do a wrap and strap method over the timber frame and a small 2x4 pseudo frame on the interior, between the timbers for batting insulation and electrical/plumbing concealment. Overall, I think we'll have close to 30 in the R-value.
We plan to utilize passive solar design, so we should be ok. If not, we have lots of wood.
Plus I like the idea of having all of my plumbing and exhaust piping exposed for maintenance.