Above you can see the floor panels in place. They were assembled off site and trucked in as components. They were built as empty boxes and once installed, you can see the holes were cut in the top faces and they were filled with a small diameter gravel material. This construction provides the sound deadening to isolate the floors and perhaps add a little mass. I'd never seen wooden construction used in this way and I have to say it appears to be a fairly simple and effective approach. The green Siga Rissan tape that you see is what is used on all of the exterior joints where the large wooden wall assemblies meet and an air seal is needed. Over these faces, the rock wool exterior insulation is applied to create the exterior thermal insulation layer. This application is continuous and has no thermal breaks in the layer other than the windows and doors.
Mommy... There's something in the basement...
Patrick and I were heading back to the car and came down the wrong staircase looking for the way out. When we walked into the room at first we were really puzzled about what was going on here. Then we got it. We were standing in the buildings Biomass Plant.
The arms in front of Patrick is what is used to stir the pellets and make them fall into the opening in the arm just this side of the wheel. There is no door to the room other than a man door that we came in. The light at the end that you can see in the picture, is a roof opening that the pellets are dumped in once every couple of years. The whole room gets filled with pellets.
Above you can see the the opening in the arm. Within the opening is a wrom gear drive that will bring the pellets back up the arm to the furnace. To the right in the above picture is an alcove that houses the hot water system that is plumbed throughout the building. The below picture is looking into that alcove. Once finished, the Bio Mass Plant will draw the pellets into the fire chamber, incinerate the pellets at extremely high temps with low emissions, heating the water system that is pumped thought out the building.