Building Green

Our clients continue to look for better ways to construct a healthier home. Log homes help home buyers achieve many of these goals. Here are some ways log homes create healthy living environments:

The fibers in log walls continually exchange air with the outside — naturally ventilating rooms as long as they are not sealed by varnishes. When the air passes through the logs the fibers detoxify harmful vapors and clean unpleasant odors. Other building materials such as concrete will release harmful gases. It’s important to use stains that contain a low level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). We can provide you with healthy stains for your house.

Log homes provide terrific insulation and comfortable radiant heating and cooling. According to the Log Home Council, a log home will perform 2.5% to 15% more energy efficient than an identical wood-frame home. Keep in mind that the heating and cooling benefits of log homes are only as good as the quality of construction. According to research studies completed in Canada and the United States up to 17% of heat loss in a log home can occur through the log walls. To avoid this energy loss, log walls must fit tight to avoid air infiltration. You can get additional protection when we install P-gasket and sheep’s wool in the notches and lateral grooves. This blocks air infiltration and creates better U values for the walls.

We are purchasing timbers from lands that are overseen by the government of British Columbia, Canada. Over 95% of our logs are being harvested by two companies. They are audited annually by an international accounting firm. They ensure each is conforming to goals set forth by the 2005-2009 Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI). Both companies passed the audits last year. Some of the program’s objectives include reforestation, soil conservation, and the protection of water quality and bio-diversity.

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