30 May '17, 11am

I'm not sure why, but a lot of green builders are obsessed with shou sugi ban - charred siding, Japanese style.

I'm not sure why, but a lot of green builders are obsessed with shou sugi ban - charred siding, Japanese style.

Editor's note: This post is one of a series by Eric Whetzel about the design and construction of his house in Palatine, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. The first blog in his series was called An Introduction to a New Passive House Project . For more details, see Eric's blog, Kimchi & Kraut . For our siding, we’re using an old Japanese technique for preserving wood called shou sugi ban (a.k.a. charred cedar — although any number of species of wood could work). There’s some flexibility in exactly how it’s done, and there are various looks that can be achieved. We’re going for mostly a “gator” finish, meaning the cedar will have an alligator skin-like appearance. This is considered a heavy burn. An alternative way of doing it would be to “gator” it first with fire, then scrape the excess char off, leaving behind a smoother, lighter, but still charred and protected finish. (Her...

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