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Since 1968, PMHI has taken great pride in being very selective in the quality of the materials used in its home building packages. For example, we have always specified only Douglas Fir for its superior strength and less tendency to warp and twist.

With the introduction of Engineered Lumber, PMHI was one of the first packagers to include Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) and Glu Laminated Beams (GLB) as standard materials in lieu of solid lumber beams.  

Furthermore, whenever possible, PMHI strives to purchase framing lumber from only will managed and environmentally sustainable forests, such as Roseburg Forest Products.

 Your options available today from PMHI for a Green home:

1. All floor systems, beams and headers will be Engineered Lumber.

Benefit: Solid-sawn lumber in sizes 2x10 and greater typically comes from old=growth forests or large diameter trees. Engineered lumber products are made from small diameter, fast-growing plantation trees

 2. All other framing lumber will be FSC-Certified or Engineered Lumber

Benefit: Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification assures that the forests from which the wood was harvested is managed in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible manner.

NOTE: At the present time, most of the FSC certified framing lumber on the market is dry Hem Fir in higher grades like Select Structural. Hopefully, if there is enough demand for it, Douglas fir will become more available. In the meantime, you must understand that FSC lumber will most likely be Hem Fir and your plan engineering will also need to be revised for the lower strength values of Hem an added cost too. 

3. All exterior wall framing will be 2x6:

Benefit: Energy savings

4. All floor and roof sheathing will be OSB:

Benefit: Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is a type of engineered wood product manufactured from fast growing farm trees.

5. All roof sheathing will include a Radiant Barrier:

Benefit: Energy savings.

 6. All roof trusses will have Energy Heels where possible:

Benefit: Energy savings. At the intersection of perimeter walls and roof framing, there is often increased heat loss because conventional roof trusses (and rafter framed roofs) reduce the area available for insulation to less than 6 inches. An energy heel is a framing technique that raises the height of the truss at exterior wall top plates to accommodate the full depth of insulation at the home’s perimeter.

NOTE: Energy Heels are not practical in all roof truss designs. Hence, each plan must be analyzed first. Also, please understand that the Energy Heel will increase the overall truss height about one foot. Hence, this could cause additional shipping and handling problems....and related expenses.

7. All roof overhangs will be at least 24 inches:

Benefit: Roof overhangs increase a homes durability by protecting it from the elements and helping regulate the amount of rain striking exterior walls. Overhangs also provide shading for windows:

8. All windows will be dual glazed with vinyl frames and low-e coating:

 Benefit: Energy savings

How to build green with PMHI:

Our Green Specifications are now a standard option at PMHI. Simply ask for your package to be quoted Green to realize these immediate energy savings in your new home and saving of our forest resources too. Even though these options will increase the cost of your package, the energy savings alone will more than repay the added cost in the years to come.



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