Thank you Brian,
So is the "roughly 18" deep 12" above the glass" for the south side or the same on all sides?
I am familiar with the importance of air sealing, and something that I think must be thoroughly planned in a cordwood home.
We are leaning towards cordwood because:
it is efficient - I'm planning on a thick wall with dense packed infill or 2 walls with the inside of the first wall spray foamed
suitable for our area - seems to handle the temp and humidity well
not as labor intensive as some of the other alternative methods - I know it is very labor intensive, but still easier then DIY log home or filling tires.
and it can be done fairly cheaply
The house will be about 1500-2000 square feet. Possible 1 round building, maybe 2 connected buildings.
I am not a fan of having a crawlspace! I love having a basement, but they are expensive to build. The only reason I'm considering a crawlspace is so that I can run the HVAC through the floor since I plan on using whole log beams and tongue & grove roof decking. I don't want to ruin the look by having my HVAC running across the ceiling. I had though that If I went partially earth bermed, rather then having than backing the earth against the wall, I could leave a cavity in there. A) French drain behind the wall would eliminate the possibility of moisture seeping through the wall B) I could then run my HVAN through the back wall. What do you think?
Speaking of, if I went partial earth sheltered, it should be the north side, right?