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BrightBuilt Barn

The BrightBuilt Barn is an attempt to push the envelope of sustainable design. It is the practical outcome of an in-depth collaboration between Kaplan Thompson Architects, Bensonwood Homes, a Who's-Who team of Maine's green engineers and professionals, and a visionary client to create a super green, offsite fabricated net-zero building that can be adapted and replicated over time. Designers, building fabricators, high performance building experts and solar energy professionals from all over the northeast have participated in the project.

From its inception, the design of the BrightBuilt Barn has been driven by 5 guiding principles: Livability, Sustainability, Replicability/Affordability, Disentanglement/Flexibility, and Education.

The building has a small but adaptable initial purpose - it will serve as a working studio for the client, or can be configured as a one or two-bedroom unit. With large intentions, its mission is to demonstrate an alternative method of building that allows a level of flexibility and sustainability beyond the reach of typical residential construction.

To learn more about ordering BrightBuilt Barn (or building one of your own!), go to our website at www.brightbuilthome.com

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qbryant wrote:
Siding - Did you use hardie board and batten siding?
   Comment   January 10, 2014
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What do you think about the best choice for siding in Oklahoma,seems like most people shy away from wood here,I have read a lot about cypress,I love the weathered gray look?
January 10, 2014 at 7:52AM   
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The best advice we were given once upon a time was, "look around you at what grows or naturally exists, and make your building from it". In Maine, that's wood like pine, cedar and oak. What is the most common rot-resistant wood that grows in Oklahoma? It's out of our climate zone, we would defer to better local knowledge.
January 10, 2014 at 7:58AM   
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