Nichiha makes a premium shake siding called Sierra but they’ve just unveiled a new fiber-cement shake for those looking for something similar at a lower price point. Available in July 2011, NichiFrontier is made in Macon, Georgia with 50% recycled content and comes primed or stained in four colors (Hazelnut, Prairie, Shadow, and Terra). The finish has a 15-year warranty, while the product has a limited lifetime warranty. NichiFrontier resembles cedar shake and comes in boards of 7/16″ x 9 -1/4″ x 8′.
This is the Week’nder by Lazor Office, the architecture studio that brought us the FlatPak house. It was installed on Madeline Island last summer after a short ferry trip across Lake Superior. The Week’nder includes extensive glass area and operable windows, sustainably harvested wood framing, steel and pine siding, galvanized steel roofing, and a compact footprint. View more detail and photos below:
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- Energy-efficient home building gains momentum.
- Wood products a part of carbon-emissions equation.
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- Using light to send data across the room.
- Thinking big, building small.