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#1 Posted : Saturday, July 03, 2010 1:24:01 AM
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Well,I'm not too far from you,a Yankee up in New England and from my experience and others responses 'pole barn' construction is a sturdy  economical way to go that is very flexible.The are SIP(structural insulated panel)kits and companies that build with modular construction too,ours up here is Bensonwood log and timber frame homes.

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#2 Posted : Saturday, July 03, 2010 9:47:50 AM
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Ah, yes!  The good ol' pole barns.  When browsing for affordable kits, I've been focusing on the pole barn design (where available) because it seems more practical.  I've mostly been trying to find out what exactly these kits consist of, in terms of materials.  Few companies are as forthcoming as I'd like.  I'd really rather not buy/build a home made with petroleum-based products -- like the polystyrene in SIPs -- or potentially harmful adhesives, or anything else that would off-gas.  Most companies that offer kits don't seem to be very conscious of things like volatile organic compounds (VOCs), unfortunately.  I was hoping to find someone who specializes in safer, more natural materials for their building kits.  Alas, I'm losing hope.    Looks like I may have to just find a plan I like, shop around for some quality lumber -- probably cypress -- and put my own place under roof.  But for now I'll keep browsing for "green" specialists.

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#3 Posted : Saturday, July 03, 2010 9:47:50 AM
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Hi guys!  After an extensive Web search which yielded little helpful information, I decided to come here, to a trustworthy source, to find out more about building kits.  How do these rate, in terms of energy efficiency and "green" materials?  The idea of a kit appeals to me, for many reasons, but so far I haven't been able to find any that focus on eco-friendly standards, materials, and design, and which are still reasonably priced.  Do you guys have any leads?

Failing that, I'm wondering what the cheapest and most efficient method (cob, straw bale, earthship [a personal favorite], "flying concrete," etc.) is best for the area in which I live -- southern Kentucky.

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