All About the ‘Green’ Label

It seems these days that more and more people are interested in building green, and that's good news for several reasons. Green log house designs offer real value for the consumer. But, you might wonder how to know if your builder is really complying with green building standards, and you might also wonder what exactly green building means. Building green is defined in several ways, the reasons for building this type of home design are similar. These reasons include reducing the environmental impact of the log house design and promoting indoor health and energy efficiency. This can be accomplished in many ways.

Green building and design use energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems, along with water-conserving sprinklers and water systems, and renewable building materials. Also, green building materials are free of toxins and low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) which helps to promote a healthy indoor environment. Finally, energy efficient products such as SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels), along with Low-E windows which help to reduce energy consumption and ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) for the basement walls. And how do you know if your log house construction is using the latest green building techniques? Green certification logos. Using a third-party inspector or a certifier under a recognized program. You may also be familiar with the Energy Star ratings that come on the new appliances. In addition to rating these new appliances, Energy Star has a housing certification program. This certification program takes into account the home’s energy use, the indoor air quality, and the water management systems.

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) program is another third-party certification program to know that your log house construction is a green build. The program was developed by and administered through, the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED program is the most comprehensive third-party green building verification program that is available. A third certification program is the Residential Energy Services Network’s (RESNET) Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index. The amount of energy that a log house design consumes compared to a typical new lg design is quantified by the HERS Index. A more energy efficient log house will have a lower HERS number. M.T.N Design and PrecisionCraft Log and Timber Homes design and to build energy efficient log house designs and timber homes. In the last few years, they were involved in the LEED for the Homes pilot program as well as Energy Star and the NAHB green building initiatives.

Besides benefiting the environment, the log house builder and the community at large, green building can benefit the homeowner by providing better durability, water savings, energy savings, and improved indoor air quality. The following are just a couple of the benefits and the green building materials and green practices that are used to achieve them.Durability. A green log house design is a durable home. For a homeowner, that means less work and less expense to maintain the log house properly, and the components of the log house won't need to be replaced as often, if ever. Water savings. Green log house building practices that reduce the amount of water it takes to run a log house can be especially important in dry states such as California, Nevada and Arizona, which have water-use restrictions. And this means water-saving practices for both indoors and outdoors. Installation of high-efficiency appliances is anther green practice when it comes to log house designs. You will find this log house design on the Precision Craft Log and Timber Homes site. On the site, you will find wood cabin designs, log house designs, log house floor plans and more. **

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