[GSBN] Cordwood Walls

Tom Woolley tom.woolley at btconnect.com
Wed Jan 7 10:54:53 CST 2015

We have  been asked to advise on building a cordwood building in Northern Ireland

The site is in the Sperrin Mountains which has nearly 100% RH all year round
average rainfall is well over 1000mm per annum though I am surprised it is not higher

There are two issues
The building will need to meet reasonably high insulation standards under the building regulations
I have found articles claiming that cordwood gives good insulation but I find this hard to accept

Log cabins on the west side of Ireland rot in a few years where the end grain is exposed but maybe cordwood would do better?

What is the best timber to use ?  Oak is indigenous here but not available commercially

Any help much appreciated

thanks and Happy New Year


Tom Woolley
tom.woolley at btconnect.com
80 Church Road
BT 30 9HR
00(44) 28 44 831164

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