Zero Cottage — a net-zero energy project pursuing Living Building Challenge, LEED Platinum, Green Point Rated, and Passive House certifications — is finishing nicely. Part of the exterior has a handsome rainscreen of vertical cedar battens and salvaged maple flooring. The maple strips were charred with a roofing torch shou sugi ban–, or yakisugi-, style for longevity and aesthetics. The result is a clean and modern look.
I’ve been following Matt Risinger’s blog for about a year, because he’s sharing great videos about high-performance homes in Austin, Texas. Take this video about using old pine siding from a home built in 1935. The siding is in a condition to be reclaimed because it’s had enough air to dry when wet over the years. Now that it’s being re-used, Risinger shares the vented rainscreen he used to make sure the siding lasts another 80 years.
In conjunction with the small structures trend we’re following, reader Joseph Sandy sent in these photos of his 8′ x 10′ backyard shed in Sonoma County, California. Sandy bought $180 worth of old fencing from Heritage Salvage, the local reclaimed material supplier, and cut the pieces in usable 2′ segments to create the mesmerizing reclaimed rainscreen. With a polycarbonate clerestory and plywood/pegboard walls, the inside is ready to go. And Sandy liked the finished look so much, he’s thinking of turning the design into a prefab kit offering of sheds, studios, offices, and housing.