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Get Green! This group is for those who are building (or have built) a "Green" log home using sustainable methods such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. Also we will be discussing getting back to nature, organic gardening, and other topics.

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Latest Activity: Nov 3, 2015

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Interested in a self-sustaining lifestyle that embraces nature? Then let's talk about our experiences and adventures in Green building. The fact that we all love log homes expresses our mutual respect for nature and the earth.

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Comment by Noah Hedges on April 24, 2010 at 2:30pm
anybody ever tried a solar-powered chainsaw?
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 5, 2010 at 9:25pm
Thanks, Glenn! Good to be back. I appreciate all of your posts. I'm still trying to catch up, but have read most of them. You certainly are very knowledgeable, which is what we need! This log home of mine is taking a little while to put together, but I've waited 20 years...what's a few more? ( : Rose
Comment by Glenn V on March 5, 2010 at 8:55pm
Welcome back Rose. I had been wondering if all was okay and welcome Cathy, it will be great to get info and ideas from you and your company. I try and read a lot on green building and watch shows that cover new ideas and techniques of building in a more environmental way. Although most I just won't be able to afford to do. I do have more things I can post in the near future and hope all goes well with your property.
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 5, 2010 at 8:02pm
We have a gorgeous piece picked out in Bellvue, Colorado, which is just northwest of where we currently live in Fort Collins. Haven't had the contract accepted, tho, so hopefully this one will work out!

Just another FYI about using beetle kill trees. Make sure if you're thinking of this as an option, you have a lumber yard that knows how to properly treat the trees for the fungus. Get trees that are recently infested with the disease, not ones that have been standing dead for years (as other bugs may have bored out the trees, making them more prone to falling apart). There are also different variations of beetles. Here in Colorado, our pine beetle does not bore out the trees, however, we cannot use these trees for the structural elements of the home. I guess all I'm saying is do your homework! Thanks.
Comment by Cathy Mortensen on March 5, 2010 at 7:27pm
Yes...skinny tree's and beetle kill tree's. Pretty much the norm in Colorado. I am located in Colorado on the western slope. Where abouts to you plan on building if you don't mind me asking?
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 5, 2010 at 7:25pm
Just an addendum to my last post... we're using primarily standing-dead (beetle kill) logs for the non-structural elements of the home. We've had a ton of beetle kill lately here in the Rocky Mountains and they're practically giving the logs away for free, so that's saving a ton of money right there! Just another example of going green. ( :
Comment by Rose Glenn on March 5, 2010 at 7:21pm
Hey Cathy! Thanks for the post. We welcome any and all vendors and suppliers who offer "green" products. Keep 'em coming!

I've been a bit quiet lately... sorry about that! You would think as the person who started this group I would be the most vocal. Well, we've been going thru some major "log home remorse" (if you want to call it that), but I think we've finally got the hard times licked and are ready to move on to building our dream "green" log home.

First, we were treated horribly by one of those log home kit companies. I won't mention the name -- let's just say they are a major supplier out there, and when we told them we just wanted to build and not become dealers, they turned on us like rabid dogs. So, after many months of shopping around locally, we happened upon a local log supplier and a builder who could put our home together... for roughly about 1/3 of what the "kit" dealer wanted! Just a warning for you folks out there who are looking at those big-time kit dealers. Not to say they're all bad, but the one we were going to use turned out to be a little scary.

So, onward and upward! We have the land picked out, the log supplier, and the builder. Since our trees are a bit skinny here in Colorado, we are probably going to buy a couple of large posts from a company up in Canada (just for conversation pieces...not really for the structure itself). All in all, I'm learning a ton about log home building here!

Will keep you all posted as we progress. Namaste!

Rose
Comment by Cathy Mortensen on March 5, 2010 at 6:48pm
Hi ya'll...I must say this is one of the most intersting groups I have come across. The topic seems so appropriate for log home owners! What could be more "green" than a log home? With that being said, I would just like to take the time to point out that we here at Perma-Chink Systems have been and always will be geared to providing LH owners products that have very little impact on our environment. We pay special attention to the amount of VOC's our products may contain and have just recently switched all of our 30 oz sealant tubes to a type that is made from post-consumer recycled plastic. I hope that I may be able to help with any questions and to also learn some things myself. So excited and I can't wait!
Comment by Glenn V on January 27, 2010 at 11:22am
Recycling is a good thing. I know this doesn't seem to be directly linked to log homes, but it is in the building process and most log home owners seem more in tune with the environment.
Recycling is an important part of building a log home and is often overlooked during this busy time. There can be a lot of waste generated. Its a lot easier to dump boards and cardboard in the dumpster and forget about it setting in a dump for thousands of years, but if you take just a few moments to make a run to the recycle bin, or have bins set on the job site, you will feel much better about your new home. Save and reuse as much wood as possible. Also forestry dumps can recycle untreated wood into mulch. I am always looking for a piece of wood to build something and some can be burnt in your new fireplace. So when building please consider your homes construction impact on the environment.
A lot of communities have recycle bin areas and services available. But as most log homes are built in the country, it makes it more of a challenge and inconvenience which in our daily lives we tend not to do something that is not easy or robs time from us.
I am lucky that I have both services available. We use a service that is both inexpensive and easy. The only thing they require is to have the newspapers and our "log home" magazines bundled. The plastic, aluminum, tin cans, and glass can all be mixed together. They pick up once a month. I have two dedicated trash cans for recycling. The only drawback is if you don't wash things out, in the summer it will make you turn your nose up. We have cut our waste going to the dumps down 1/3 to 1/2. If you don't currently recycle, you can start easily with newspapers and your "log home" magazines. As it becomes part of your daily habits you can do more. I know I don't do as much as I should, but I do give it a shot.
On the other side of recycling you can cut your waste down by watching what you buy. Buy in bulk and unpackaged items if possible. Carry a reusable cloth bag for groceries. You can also do composting if you have a garden. I do think this is important and can do nothing but improve our lives.
Comment by Glenn V on January 27, 2010 at 9:26am
Just a couple things to add on setting your thermostat down, you can dress a little warmer when you home and keep the thermostat lower one or two degrees and also at night use a down or imitation down comforter to keep warm instead of an electric blanket. Don't buy too thick of a down comforter though or you will get too warm in the middle of the night. They are great.
 

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