Team Seis - Cedar Log Homes

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There are many definitions of what ecological building is or what it achieves. The definitions range from a building that is "less bad" than the average building in terms of environmental performance to a building that is "powerful". Gaines Group architect Charles Hendricks's definition of a house or building is one that meets the budget, is adaptable and durable, protects or restores living space, reduces energy and water consumption and ensures healthy indoor air quality (Personal Interview, 2017).

There is an infinite number of measures that can be taken to make a house or building more environmentally friendly.

Climate neutral means that there is no net release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or that the net CO2 footprint is zero. In the field of construction, it is a matter of measuring, reducing and compensating the carbon energy used by buildings or structures. This can be calculated by performing a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the energy contained in the construction and use of the building.

Zero energy buildings can be defined as "an energy efficient building where the actual annual energy delivered based on primary energy is less than or equal to the locally exported renewable energy" (Peterson, 2015). This zero energy definition concept includes zero energy buildings, zero energy campuses, zero energy portfolios and zero energy communities. All the developments listed can reach net zero status if the total amount of energy generated is less than or equal to the energy consumed within their site boundary.

The passive building incorporates a set of design principles to achieve a quantifiable and stringent energy efficiency level within a certain quantifiable comfort level. "Maximize your profits, minimize your losses," summarizes the approach. To this end, a passive house is planned and built according to these five building biology principles (PHIUS, 2017):

1. continuous insulation over the entire shell without thermal degradation of the entire building.

2. the building envelope is extremely airtight and prevents the ingress of outside air and the loss of air conditioning.

3. the use of high-performance windows (typically triple-glazed) and doors.

4. uses a form of balanced ventilation with heat and moisture recovery and a minimal room conditioning system.

The solar gain is controlled so that the solar energy is used for heating purposes during the heating period and overheating during the cooling period is minimised.

Passive construction principles can be applied to all types of buildings - from detached houses to apartment buildings, offices and skyscrapers (PHIUS, 2017). A passive design strategy carefully simulates and balances a comprehensive set of factors, including heat emissions from appliances and occupants, to keep the building at a comfortable and constant indoor temperature during the heating and cooling season. Passive houses therefore offer enormous long-term benefits in addition to energy efficiency (PHIUS, 2017):

● High-quality insulation and airtight construction offer unsurpassed comfort even in extreme weather conditions.

● The continuous mechanical ventilation of the freshly filtered air ensures excellent indoor air quality.

● A comprehensive system approach to modelling, design and construction results in extremely resilient buildings.

● Passive construction principles offer the best route to Net Zero and Net Positive buildings by minimizing the impact of renewable energy.

Off-grid housing is an issue that often arises from conversations about small houses. As part of our proposal, we will recommend that individuals stay connected. The biggest hurdle is that living outside the grid is illegal in cities. In addition to legality, however, considerable technical knowledge, high upfront investment and a drastic change in lifestyle are also required. One of the biggest attractions are tiny houses that have the ability to exist self-sufficiently. The technologies for a successful life outside the power grid already exist (Off Grid World).

Team Seis - Residential Log Homes from Northern White/ Yellow Cedar

Northern White Cedar is the heart of everything in our Cedar Log Homes. We know cedar: Scientifically proven resistance to aging, insects, rot, cracking, shrinkage, heat and cold compared to pine. We know where to find it in sustainable forests, how to use every part of the tree and save the best for our beautiful log houses. We build more cedar houses than any other in the USA and most cedar fences ever. This makes our manufacturer the largest major Northern White Cedar processor in the world.

Northern White Cedar naturally produces preservatives that make it one of the most rot-proof and insect-resistant woods in the world. In a 1995 study, cedar wood panels in Hawaii showed no symptoms of termite attack despite two years of intensive termite exposure. Due to its lower moisture content, cedar shows minimal cracks that do not pass through the heartwood of the trunk.

Northern White Cedar has less water content, when freshly cut the cubic metre weighs about 3,500 lbs. Our manufacturer naturally dries in the air to a desired moisture content of 14-16 percent in a relatively short time, after only three months. Air drying allows the wood to get used to a new moisture level without affecting the molecular structure of the wood fibre. Depending on the weather conditions, a short post-treatment may be necessary. The "eco" stove from our manufacturer is heated with its biomass boiler to generate steam heat.

Untreated North White Cedar has a high natural durability. A study by the University of Maine showed that cedar posts were still usable after 50 to 60 years.

The R value is used to measure how well a material can withstand heat flow through the material. The Northern White Cedar has an R value of 1.41 per inch thickness, the highest R value of any of the species used in log houses.

Another measure is thermal mass, which reflects the density of a material (in pounds per cubic foot) and its specific mass. The higher the R value / thermal mass factor, the easier it is to heat the house. North-white cedar has an R-value / thermal mass factor of 3.78. Pine has an R-value / thermal mass factor of 2.76.

Northern White Cedar is a renewable resource that is actively managed to ensure biodiversity, wildlife habitat and quality forest products. Protecting our natural environment has always been one of our core values.

Depending on size and variety, each strain has the potential to produce nearly 200 different components for our three business segments - log houses, cedar fences and small garden products. Wood chips and bark are processed into mulch, and all sawdust, chips and chips are fed into our biomass boiler, which heats our entire production facility. The ability of our manufacturer to use each piece of each tree keeps our costs low, which in turn keeps our prices low.

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