What is Green Building?
The term ‘green building’ represents a way of building that’s kinder to our environment. It’s also a way of building that saves energy and ultimately saves you money. Home building kits that feature green building are a building that, in their design, construction or operation, reduces or eliminates negative impacts. The goal of these home-building kits is to create positive impacts on our climate and natural environment. According to the World Green Building Council practicing green building preserves precious natural resources and improves the quality of life for all people. Since Logangate provides contemporary home-building kits and packages, we focus on green elements for the material we provide.
Protecting our Natural Resources
Protecting our natural resources is a goal for us at Logangate Timber Homes. For us specifically, it means we are dedicated to protecting our forests and forested land. Our contemporary home-building kits start with our timber suppliers. Our timber suppliers are certified by either the Canadian Standards Association for Forest Management (CSA), or the Forest Stewardship Council (FCS). Our ethical timber suppliers follow the FSC chain of custody protocols as well as the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) initiatives to prevent overharvesting and become a part of modern building solutions. Our suppliers harvest on certified lands to maintain sustainability and they plant over 70 million seedlings a year for future generation home building kits.
Contemporary Home Building Kits and Efficient Panelized Walls
Logangate Timber Homes provides premium quality modern home building kits that feature panelized walls. Panelized walls refer to our method of stick-building the walls and gable walls inside of our climate-controlled manufacturing warehouse. This system build concept allows us to build walls with unmatched accuracy and squareness; this method of green building means that the home walls will be tighter fitting, less drafty, and overall much more energy efficient compared to traditional building methods. The use of building panelized walls inside of a manufacturing facility also reduces waste in our plant and virtually eliminates waste on the job site.
Energy Efficient Prefabricated Homes
Our commitment to sustainable living means that your modern home building kits will be energy efficient. Many homeowners request enhanced energy-conserving options for their homes because they want to do everything possible to live responsibly and save on future energy costs. At Logangate Timber Homes, we have many contemporary home building kits available depending on your level of interest and budget considerations. Our in-house team will work with you to ensure you get the most efficient, 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 and expertise into the home building kits for your home.
Insulating Your Building Envelope
What is a building’s thermal envelope? A thermal envelope refers to any structure that separates the inside of the home from the air outside. Thermal envelope typically refers to walls, insulation, windows, floors, doors, etc. Thermal envelope performance is probably one of the most critical elements in home building kits’ energy efficiency performance. A properly insulated home is important but if it is not done correctly, it can severely reduce the efficiency of the home’s thermal envelope. A case in point below the left is a picture of common practice that has poor results.
This phenomenon is called Thermal Bridging:
Thermal bridging occurs when a more conductive (or poorly insulating) material allows an easy pathway for heat flow across a thermal barrier, similar to a regular bridge. The most common form of thermal bridging in modern home building kits is seen in wall studs and roof trusses.
Think of a thermal bridge as a traditional bridge. This bridge is providing heat with a way to travel in and out of your home. When you see snow on roofs in the winter, and they begin melting along what appears like a grid, that’s a great example of thermal bridging. The wood studs allow heat to flow through the wall assembly at a rate that is 3 times faster than the heat flow through the surrounding insulation. A 2×4 stud has an R-value of 1.2 per inch, therefore R-4.2 in total. So even if you use R-15 fiberglass insulation between studs, the wall system will have an effective R-value of 10 to 12 depending on the framing. Not the result you thought you would get!
To combat this effect, Logangate installs a ½” Poli-iso insulation board that is foil-faced. We install it under the sheathing over the studs. We have been utilizing this technique for over 25 years and the building codes will be catching up to us soon and require it in the near future. This addition to our home building kits virtually eliminates thermal bridging.
Logangate’s roof panel system also eliminates any thermal bridging. Our structural roof system allows us to screw foam panels directly into the Tongue and Groove material. Therefore there is no structural wood in our roof panels just the EPS or NEOPOR Foam.
Our True System R-value options for the roof are R-33, R-40 or R-48
Home Building Kits: Energy Efficient Windows
No matter what manufacturer you go with, the windows will be the coldest part of your walls. The more windows a home has, the less efficient your home will be. At Logangate, we try to balance that responsibility while also highlighting outstanding viewpoints from your home site by utilizing Energy Star Certified windows.
In addition, we can minimize heat loss or gain by customizing the glass to meet your environment. Our passive solar design allows us to customize the glass on certain sides of the home. As an example, install glass with very high SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) numbers on the northern-most side of your home to allow solar heat to come through in the winter months and conversely utilize low SHGC numbers in the glass facing south and southwest to reduce the heat gain in the summer. For colder climates, make sure your windows have a U-Value (insulating value) of .28 or less; the lower the number the better.
Green Home Designs by Logangate Homes
Logangate Timber Homes has been in business for over 45 years. We are dedicated to providing high-quality energy-efficient 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 feel good about a green home from Logangate. You can rest assured that a green building from Logangate Homes will be beautiful, durable, and will last a lifetime. Contact us today to talk to a representative about your new home. We can walk you through all the options and assist you every step of the way. You’ll feel at home with an energy-efficient home by Logangate Homes.