PrecisionCraft Shows How Log Homes are Designed to be Green
Ready to go green? Today, the topic of green building is a popular one. Everywhere you turn, you find companies, organizations, small groups, and individuals looking to do their part in making their environments (businesses, homes, etc.) natural & healthy. Over the last few years, PrecisionCraft has also embarked on the green building initiative for log homes – working with specialists in green building & LEED certified consultants to help clients meet their green building goals.
Now you can find the essentials to green building and green design at PrecisionCraft.com’s new Log Home Solution Center.
In a recent interview, Jim Young, President of PrecisionCraft Log & Timber Homes, addressed the topic of green construction inside the log home industry. In this article, Jim noted that building green log homes “can be accomplished in many ways such as the use of natural materials that are free of toxins and low in VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds); using high energy efficiency products such as SIP (Structural Insulated Panels) and Low E windows; utilizing energy efficient appliances and HVAC systems and installing effacement sprinkler and water systems.”
Jim also highlights the importance of design. "If you want a green home, the best place to start is in the design phase," says Jim. With M.T.N Architects – PrecisionCraft’s in-house architectural firm, design is the focus of PrecisionCraft’s green building strategy—- and the focus of their newly designed web site (www.precisioncraft.com).
So, what does it mean to design green? Designing green is a function of multiple design variables and their interaction with each other. Green building is not just about the floors you select, but more importantly is a reflection on how well the design of the home integrates with the build site. The angle at which your home is positioned on your land is of critical importance. Changing the orientation of a home by a few degrees can save tons of cooling for the home.
A log or timber home should be positioned on the build site in a way that minimizes the effects of the afternoon sun. Also, a complete review of the site’s natural characteristics such as solar access and topographic rise can enhance or restrict your log home design.
Have your architect incorporate eaves and awnings into the design of your home. Reducing the amount of summer sunlight entering your windows reduces the amount of energy needed to cool your home. For more green design tips, visit PrecisionCraft.com’s Log Home Solution Center. The best way to ensure your log home is green is to work with an architect familiar with green design.