Sustainability Matters

Did you know…

  1. Trees are a renewable resource, which is the first step in sustainability. When coupled with a log home and log cabin manufacturer that is concerned with environmental stewardship, the result is an eco-friendly custom log home or log cabin.
  2. The amount of power used to mill the trees into logs is far less than what is used to cut trees into dimensional lumber for standard ‘stick built’ homes.
  3. Log homes and log cabins offer advantages in the form of thermal mass, which makes a log home easier and more cost effective to warm during the cold months and more affordable to cool during the summer.

The environment matters to Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes and our actions show it.

Zero-Waste Factor

A nature-friendly question we frequently hear during manufacturing tours is: What do you do with the waste? The short answer to the question is: There is no waste.

First, we start with raw kiln-dried materials that are shipped directly to our facility. We use this material to produce engineered logs and timbers, solid logs and timbers, and beam and purlin roofing members, just to name a few. As with everything we produce, there is always a small percentage of material that does not meet our high-quality specifications. In these instances, this material is then cut down into other usable products like log siding corners, 2x or 1x trim, window and door bucks, spindles for interior railing, etc. The material is cut down smaller and smaller until it cannot be utilized anymore. At that point, these materials are compiled for use in the shop’s wood burning furnace, the building’s only source of heat. In some instances, unusable materials are even packaged up and used as firewood for our employees’ homes.

The White Pine wood shavings and saw dust are collected and provided to local farmers for use as turkey and chicken bedding. The Oak shavings (which are yielded when we manufacture bridge timbers) are used by local farmers for cattle bedding.

So in this nature-friendly environment at Timberhaven, we are pleased to report that NOTHING is wasted here. Whether we’re cutting the logs for your dream log home or the simple trim for your windows, providing heat for our employees, or a warm and comfortable place for hundreds of animals to sleep; all materials that pass through our facilities have a purpose. If that isn’t environmentally-conscious, what is?

Indoor Air Quality

The application of drywall, insulation, and other toxic solutions and chemical substances are cut down considerably with log home construction. People with allergies will find that a home built using natural resources will improve the quality of the indoor air, providing a healthier living environment.

When you look at the environmental and health impact that log homes have, it is hard to find a more sustainable construction solution than a custom log home or custom log cabin from Timberhaven Log & Timber Homes.

Log Home Porch with Rustic Rail Treatment Illustrates the Use of Natural Building Components in Log Home Construction
Sustainability Matters, Smaller Usable Products
Zero Waste Factor, Wood Burning Furnace
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