It's an amazing time to be in our world of thoughtful building practices that can promote environmentally sensitive and often creative and beautiful structures. Jonathan will address how buildings can be built with the past, the present and the future all in the program. The past, in thoughtful reclamation of material; the present, with design and construction principles that address both the client's needs and the building's energy profiles; and the future, with buildings that last much longer, have a resulting smaller carbon footprint, and can offer some opportunity for recyclability when their time comes.
Jonathan Orpin is the President of the Timber Framers Guild, which supports the craft, science and the business of timber framing. Its members come from every state and province of the US and Canada and several additional countries. The Guild sponsors community projects, workshops and gatherings, a yearly conference which shares all aspects of timber framing, the only Department of Labor certified heavy timber apprenticeship, and numerous other activities. (tfguild.org.) In addition, Jonathan is the President of Pioneer Millworks, which over its 25 years in business has recycled more than 25 million board feet of wood, and New Energy Works Timberframers. Combined, these companies employ 130 members, have shops in NY and OR, and work hard to use the Triple Bottom Line of People, Profit and Planet as their guiding business