>Despite what some manufacturers may lead you to believe, the energy efficiency of your log home will depend on more than just the species of wood. In fact, there are several key areas to consider when discussing the energy performance of your log home.
An obvious place to start is the size of the log. A thicker log will perform better since it has a higher R- value and more thermal mass to draw from. As a result choosing a thicker log could lead to energy savings. Here at Beaver Mountain our standard 10″ log wall will likely perform better than the a typical 6″ or 8″ log - regardless of species. However this is only part of the overall equation.
We feel it is important to pay close attention to the construction methods a manufacturer has in place in several key areas of the home. The areas that have been found to be crucial to energy efficiency are:
1) The ridge area of vaulted ceilings
2) The joint between the plate log and the roof
3) The protrusions of logs through the exterior walls (both frame and log protrusions)
4) The connection of the log wall with a frame wall
5) The connection of the window / door to the log wall
6) The log corner interface
7) The connections between the floor and the first “sill” log
The fact is many log home manufacturers leave these important items to the builder to determine how they should be constructed. At Beaver Mountain we address each of these items here, at our manufacturing facility. Our double tongue and groove between the logs is a double insurance against air infiltration/ heat loss, and our construction system is pre-cut, pre-grooved and pre-assembled prior to arriving to your job site. These added steps ensure that the assembly is air tight and your home is energy efficient.
We invite you to visit our showroom or take one of our scheduled tours or seminars to learn more about The Beaver Mountain difference and the energy efficiency of our homes.
Call 1-800-233-2770 for more information today!