Building an Energy Efficient Home with Logangate

Building an Energy-Efficient Home with Logangate 

Years ago when people had homes built there really wasn’t a big emphasis on building the most energy-efficient home. Conscious decisions in building an energy-efficient home became popular when climate change became an emphasized reality across the world. Things have definitely changed but that doesn’t mean that every builder is focused on the environment. In fact, many builders still just want to keep costs down, so they will use materials that cost less in an effort to stay on budget. At Logangate Timber Homes, we focus on building an energy-efficient home while staying within your budget without trading away quality.

We are dedicated to energy-efficient building practices to ensure a high-quality end product. Our homes are manufactured responsibly and sustainably so you can feel good about a green home from Logangate Timber Homes. 

Saving Money Through Reliably Sourced Materials

At Logangate, we field our materials through direct purchasing from lumber mills, window manufacturers, and other suppliers to allow us to save on material costs. From there, we utilize modern energy-efficient building practices to manufacture our panelized walls, windows, roofs, etc. Saving on material costs in the early stages of construction means we pass those savings on to our Logangate customers.

Logangate’s Energy Efficient Building Practices

Our commitment to sustainable living means that your Logangate Timber Home will be highly energy efficient. One of Logangate’s solutions to reducing heat loss in the winter is by improving building energy efficiency through the elimination of thermal bridging. This is an industry-popular method of green building that significantly increases the overall energy efficiency. To eliminate thermal bridging, we use an insulation board over wooden studs on the walls to greatly reduce the energy loss through the wooden stud. 

Green building also refers to building an energy-efficient home using the pre-manufacturing process of panels. Logangate Timber Homes are pre-manufactured in an enclosed climate-controlled warehouse facility that keeps materials dry and sheltered from the elements. This is an essential component to the overall quality of the home because the materials are not needlessly exposed to harsh elements before the home is ready for weatherproofing. Another advantage of using pre-manufacturing techniques is that there are significantly fewer wasted materials. Any wasted materials can be recycled and reused in the next house, eliminating the famous burn pile at the construction site.  A huge win for the environment.

Logangate understands that most consumers are interested in building the most energy-efficient home because they want to do everything possible to live responsibly. Our Team will be committed to building an energy-efficient home with you to ensure you get the most efficient and durable home possible. This team constantly studies the industry looking for new technologies and better methods of green building so they can extend that knowledge to your home.

Why Improving Building Energy Efficiency is Important

According to a 2021 report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the average US household paid an average of 30% more in heating energy costs in the winter of 2021 due to rising fuel prices and overall fuel demand. Households using oil to heat their homes paid an average of 43% more than compared to 2020 and propane users were impacted the hardest with a 54% rise in prices compared to 2020. This is a staggering rise and it is expected to increase as the global oil and gas consumption increases each year, with these increases in energy cost it makes sense why improving building energy efficiency is at the forefront of everyone’s minds! 

Of course, high oil and gas prices mean that electricity is the next viable option. Fortunately for electricity users, prices for homes that were heated with electricity rose 6% compared to the previous year. While electricity prices rose the least, electricity furnaces typically cost more overall to run.

With these energy cost factors in mind, it is completely understandable why new home buyers are interested in building the most energy-efficient homes to combat the next spike in energy cost. Improving building energy efficiency is key to a sustainable home and future. 

Logangate’s Popular Construction Styles

If you are really leaning towards building a home and absolutely love the beauty of wood, our Post and Beam Construction is a great option to consider. Essentially, the term Post and Beam Construction is a term used for building home frames with large timbers. Typically steel plates often tie members together. This allows for a home to have much more clerestory space to enhance the beauty of wood. Another name for Post and Beam Construction is Timber Framing.  Timber Frame utilizes connections by mortise and tenon joints and is secured together with pegs. Many homeowners love Timber Home construction because the beams of these homes are fully exposed. It creates a rustic and gorgeous presence that is impossible not to notice.

This type of construction provides vaulted wood ceilings supported by beautiful and solid Douglas fir timbers. Wall & Roof components are built in a controlled factory environment for the highest level of craftsmanship. We specialize in classic architecture including mountain lodges, and lakeside retreats, and Contemporary timber frame structures.

We build in a way that saves energy, which in return will save you a significant amount of money every month on your energy bills.

Modern Techniques to Conquer Difficult Terrain

For site locations that are in a floodplain or an environmentally sensitive site, an elevated home is a must. Basically, an elevated home is a home that is raised above the ground; these styles are similar to a stilt home and with some distinct differences. The two styles are similar in that they are built on foundations that are raised above the floodplain. 

Our elevated pedestal home can not only be raised but it can cantilever over awkward or difficult terrain. This building style makes some locations now possible such as steep mountain slopes or floodplains. Using elevated pedestal homes is another environmentally focused building practice used by Logangate; these smart designs mean less disruption to the natural environment.

Homes Built with Honesty and Affordability in Mind

In the building industry, the term ‘slab-on-grade‘ (also known as having a shallow foundation) is simply referring to a type of foundation that is very near to the surface. A slab-on-grade foundation is an excellent choice for many homeowners because it is a more affordable foundation that is also extremely durable. With that being said, as cost-effective, as a slab-on-grade foundation is, it really only makes sense in warmer climates where freezing and thawing are less of a concern.

We also keep our overhead down so we can offer fair and honest pricing. For 50 years, Logangate has been dedicated to providing high-quality, gorgeous timber frame cabins and homes to our customers. We strive to provide our low environmental impact homes at an affordable price. Our homes are manufactured responsibly and sustainably so you can be proud of your Logangate Timber Home. We listen to our homeowners and put their needs first to ensure that you not only end up with a great house but your dream home. Contact us at Logangate Timber Homes and start your journey to having your dream home today!

Logangate Timber Homes

Logangate Timber Homes is custom home builder in Asheville, North Carolina, specializing in building beautiful Modern Post & Beam Homes, Pedestal Timber Homes, Chalet Timber Homes, and Timber Frame Cabins. We have over 50 years of experience building panelized Timber Frame Homes that can be found all over the nation and are particularly popular in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. We are dedicated to designing beautifully crafted affordable Timber Frame Homes.

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Phone Number: 828-707-4383
Asheville, NC