Green building is one of the many appealing qualities of a log home. The solid permanence of a log structure also conserves energy and protects the environment. The tactile appeal of the natural wood is a side benefit of knowing that the thermal mass of your logs makes them energy efficient.
Some ideas for building green that are easy to assimilate into your build:
Site your house properly to maximize passive heat gain from the sun. Face the long side east/west and increase window area to maximise heat gain.
Build with logs - a naturally renewable resource.
Choose paints and stains and glues with low VOCs (volatile organic compounds) so that you don't pollute the indoor air quality of your cabin.
Install dual-flush toilets that use less water for flushing.
If building your own log cabin, order logs and lumber carefully and save all the scraps that could possibly be used during later phases.
Use high quality double glazed windows and doors.
Utilize energy-efficient lighting. One of the easiest ways to live green is by using low-watt fluorescent lighting throughout your log home.
Choose your water heater with care. Water heaters can account for as much as 25% of your cabins energy use. Installing a high-efficiency water heater will save you money for years.
Employ eco-friendly log home landscaping techniques by collecting rainwater to watering the garden.
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