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Log Homes - North FL
Crackerstyleloghomes.com - Williston Florida Log
Homes and Sawmill offers a variety of log home kits and
plans.

Thriftloghomes.com - Log Home Manufacturing
Directly to the public.  Macclenny, Florida.

Wilkinsonloghomes.com - As manufacturer
representatives of B K Cypress Log Homes, Wilkinson
Log Homes offers professional design assistance to
those needing help with initial planning and budgeting,
as well as blueprinting, engineering, shipping and
construction services.
Central FL Log Homes - Casual Country / Southland
Log Homes can make your dream a reality.  Model
home in Sanford, Florida.

Lake County Florida log Homes - Darian Estates is a
Green Community of Exclusive Log Homes, only
minutes from Mount Dora, Ocala, Gainesville and
Orlando.
Log Homes - Central FL
The debate over climate change and global warming and whether it is caused by
man and thus controllable, or is a natural phenomenon over which we have no
influence, rages on. Regardless of your opinion about global temperature
change, we can all agree that planet earth is a limited resource and we have a
responsibility to future generations to be good stewards of this precious orb.

Agree or disagree, the public awareness created as a result of this climate
debate has been positive overall. At least it has forced us to look at how we make
use of our natural resources, our methods of energy production and it has
motivated us to seek renewable, eco-friendly alternatives for high demand
products. When a mistake occurs that has an environmental impact such as BP's
Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the 'green' argument regains
front page headlines.

Irrespective of disasters or the viewpoint we have on climate issues, in our own
way, most of us are making an effort to achieve a lifestyle that is environmentally
mindful. Housing manufacturers and companies that make products for the
housing industry have been at the forefront of the campaign to offer 'green'
alternatives and ecologically-friendly products. This brings me to the main point
of this article; eco-friendly homes and why a heavy timber home is one of the
best earth-friendly choices for home building.

What makes a log home a green building solution?

The primary product used in building a log home is... logs. Most major companies
harvest standing dead trees for their mills. Cutting dead timber impacts the forest
positively by removing easily burned fuel that feeds forest fires and opening the
forest canopy to permit new growth. All major log home manufacturers are
involved in a reforestation program that guarantees replenishment of harvested
forests. There is no better example of a sustainable, environmentally friendly
manufacturing process than the log home industry.

Additionally, logs provide other benefits in the form of thermal mass, which makes
a log home easier and less expensive to heat in the winter and more economical
to cool in the summer. Energy required to mill the trees is much less than
required to cut trees into dimensional lumber for conventional 'stick built' homes.
The use of drywall, insulation and other toxic products and chemicals are also
greatly reduced with log construction. People with allergies can expect that a
home constructed with natural materials can virtually guarantee a healthier
experience due to the improvement of indoor air quality.

Log homes are the original green building solution made completely from the
earth's most plentiful resource. Trees used in the construction of log homes can
often be obtained locally, as opposed to other building products that require
transportation from other states or countries. This means that more often than
not, logs are delivered to construction sites in close proximity to the area of
harvest, resulting in reduced transportation costs.

Although there are log homes that are hundreds of years old, when log buildings
are razed or disassembled there is a huge market for recycled logs. Aged logs
can be reused to build new homes or other structures.

I began this article stating that opinions on either side of the climate debate were
not relevant to my point that we must accept responsibility for conserving our
natural resources. With increasing global populations, deforestation in other
parts of the world, acid rain, pollution, escalating energy costs and even
disappearing species, we are obligated to manage those things over which we
have some control.

One of those controllable choices is the materials we select to build our homes,
and a log home offers a sustainable and environmentally-friendly solution to
energy conservation and natural resources management. Now that you know
what the morally responsible thing to do is, you are free to enjoy the other
benefits that log home living provides. The handcrafted look, that smell, that
singularly American feeling of the pioneer spirit and the warmth and comfort that
only a heavy timber home can provide. Learn more about 'green log homes' and
everything you need to know to buy or build a
log home or log cabin.

Tom Heatherington is the founder and editor of the Log Home Directory
(
http://www.logcabindirectory.com/ ) and the Log Furniture Directory, the world's
largest "human edited" directories of log homes and rustic furniture and related
information for the USA and Canada.

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Log Homes - The Original Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Solution
By Tom Heatherington
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