The Environment is a foremost concern when we build our Log Homes
Whether log homes are truly environmentally friendly or not is a debatable issue. When compared to other methods such as stick frame or bricks and mortar it most definitely is.
[box type=”warning”] The majority of building are built with bricks and mortar. To produce 1 ton of brick and mortar building material consumes in the region of 800kg of fossil fuels.[/box]
Estimates available on various web sites vary between 5% and 8% of total global Carbon Dioxide emissions are produced by the cement industry. The UN claims that up to 40% of green house gasses are produced by the general construction industry alone. This is the industrial sector that can have the greatest effect on reducing green house gasses.
[box type=”info”] To quote from a UN draft document “It is clear that continuing with business as usual will jeopardize the future of all human societies…”[/box]
I’m not at all saying that chopping trees down will save the planet!
But in comparison to brick and mortar it certainly is more environmentally friendly.
A tree absorbs Carbon Dioxide throughout it’s growing life, which is then stored in your house while it stands. If you build it according to my directions, your house will stand for 100+ years, during which time the trees will re grow many times over. Which means that your house will provide shelter for several generations, reducing the need to replace it, further saving the environment.
[box type=”warning”] It’s not a well advertised fact that common timber frame houses have a life span of only 20-30 years, incidentally, just long enough to pay the mortgage off.[/box]
Replacing the trees with new saplings after felling is a great way of sustaining this valuable resource for our future generations. Or even go really crazy and replant twice as many.
The log walls provide excellent insulation, which means we need to burn less fossil fuels to keep our house warm or cool, which also saves you money, which saves you work.
When built correctly, a butt and pass log home can outlive any other type of log house, and it doesn’t require endless coats of stain or other sealants to protect the logs from decay”.