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‘Green’ Log Home Info in the News

Green is good. We all acknowledge this and nowhere is this more apparent than in the log home industry.  As you might imagine, I see a lot of log home information fly across my monitor and as it relates to green building and voluntary recycling efforts.  Recently, there has been a flurry of news that I thought I would share with you.  Here’s just a sampling of some of the things our industry is doing to improve practices and deliver better products.

Discover Why Log Homes Are Eco-Friendly (from the Mountain Creations Log Home Blog)

Whether the goal is to save fuel, save the planet or a little of both, American homeowners are increasingly going green. And while the average household spends $1,900 a year on energy, log home owners typically report that they spend far less than their neighbors on heating, air conditioning, hot water and lighting.

Energy efficiency is among several ways modern log homes qualify as “Green”– an approach to building that started in 1993 with the belief that we can all pitch in to make the places where we live, work and play more environmentally friendly. The hallmark of “green” is to use less energy, renewable resources, limit C02 or “greenhouse gas” emissions and create indoor environments free of mold, formaldehyde, carcinogens, and other allergens.

The most obvious factor that makes engineered log homes “green” is their building material — solid timbers grown from trees — a renewable resource. Many companies that belong to the Log Homes Council purchase certified wood sourced from sustainably managed forests. During the milling process, manufacturers utilize all portions of the log, from bark and other sources for mulch, scrap from cut-offs for raw material used in carvings and other home products, sawdust used by farmers as bedding material, etc.   More from Mountain Creations here…

LEED Rated PrecisionCraft Log Home to Be Awarded Platinum Certification

With state-of-the-art milling processes, tight fitting connections and a unique building system, PrecisionCraft’s milled, mountain style homes are a natural fit for LEED for Homes certification. Their top of the line milling processes combined with the industry’s most refined green design techniques support an energy efficient, environmentally friendly structure.

Some of the most important details of green construction are rarely seen. Using LEED as a guide from the onset enabled the Mountain Architects design team, PrecisionCraft Log Homes, Gomes Construction and the Owners, to develop environmental and performance goals while providing a beautiful and functional mountain getaway.  Read more about PrecisionCraft’s LEED Platinum rating…

Golden Eagle Log Homes is known for their exceptional log homes and outstanding environmentally conscious product. They’ve recently taken this dedication to the next level, with the launch of a new in-house recycling initiative that has proven so successful, in the first year alone approximately 90,000 pounds of waste from their facility will be recycled instead of taken to landfills, resulting in a 70% savings in waste-removal costs.

Prior to the launch of this aggressive pilot recycling initiative, Golden Eagle Log Homes was using a 40 yard dumpster to hold approximately 1080 cubic feet of waste. All scrap from the log home company’s mill went into this dumpster (with the exception of wood shavings, which is used for bedding live stock); the facility produced enough waste to fill a dumpster 1-2 times per month.  Read more about Golden Eagle Log Homes’ recycling initiative and other news here.

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