Commitment to Sustainability
When you do business with Pioneer Log Homes of BC, you not only get the high-quality log home of your dreams, you also work with a company that gives back to the environment and ensures it is thriving. Commitment to sustainability is not only their promise it is their guarantee.
Western Red Cedar is one of Mother Nature’s greatest inventions. Pioneer takes enormous pride in managing the reforestation and renewal of these wonderful trees. Their business and our future depend on sustaining the global forest. Which is why they are committed to returning the favour to Mother Nature.
Western Red Cedar is extremely durable even in the most severe climate conditions and is an amazing insulator. All the timber used in Pioneers’ custom log homes is harvested and selected by Pioneer Crews in the central forests of B.C., Canada. It has been revered for centuries by the aboriginal peoples of the West Coast of Canada for its legendary resistance to rot and insects.
Seasoned Logs Ensure Longevity
Pioneer has approximately 300 loads of Western Red Cedar in their inventory at any one time. Their Western Red Cedar has quality, beauty and remarkable durability. It is unmatched by any other log species. Their seasoned logs ensure the longevity and stability of every log home structure they build. British Columbia’s wood and wood construction products are thoroughly inspected and graded, in order to meet the most demanding international quality control systems.
There is more Western Red Cedar curing in Pioneer yards in Williams Lake than in all the other log builders in British Columbia combined. Their impressive log inventory ensures that they have the type of log needed to fit the specifications of your new custom home. Additionally, you are able to personally hand pick feature posts or logs for a specific area of your new family log home. This is not possible anywhere else in the Log Home Industry.
Pioneer never uses green of fresh cut logs. When we are building the Finest Log Homes on Earth, the wood quality, has to be the best in the world. That is why they ensure every single log they use on your new home is absolutely stunning with unmatched quality.
Once Pioneer trees are harvested, crews go back into the logging area and conduct reforestation using native species including Western Red Cedar – each year more than 200 million seedlings are planted in British Columbia and 650 million throughout Canada. Through biodiversity and in accordance with British Columbia’s Forest Practices Code, they are able to give back to Mother Nature, to ensure a healthy new forest. Their responsibility is to the forest, which provides the raw materials their business is built upon and are committed to stewardship of Canada’s natural resources.
If you want to learn more about the calculations and properties of Wood Forest Learning Australia “How Carbon is Stored in Trees and Wood Products” has a great exercise to get understanding of the process.
Pioneer & BCos Logs likes to concentrate on Building ‘Green’ from design to construction is the right thing to do environmentally and economically and social, the use of wood helps to create structures that are ecologically sound, energy efficient, architecturally pleasing and durable. Wood from well managed forests is an excellent environmental choice. Builders and home buyers all over the world are realizing that a wood structure is healthy, comfortable, has lowered energy consumption and has better overall performance. A wood structure also reduces the impact of buildings on human health and the environment with regards to site selection, design, construction, operation, maintenance and demolition.
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Wood the only Carbon Negative Building Material,
Wood is the only construction material which has absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere when produced.
Concrete – 1 tonne, has released 159 kilos of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Steel – 1 tonne, has released 1.24 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Aluminium – 1 tonne, has released 9.3 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
Wood – However, 1 tonne of wood absorbs, a net 1.7 tonne of CO2 from the atmosphere, over and above the energy expended in growing, harvesting and processing.
The more timber you use in a house, the more CO2 you remove from the atmosphere
It is reported that one kilo of wood contains 450 – 500 grams of carbon. This means that 1 kilo of wood is holding about 1.65 – 1.8 Kilos of CO2
Research into the environmental impacts of building construction suggests that increasing the use of wood in place of other materials could cut greenhouse gas emissions by between 40% and 70% per building.
The thermal insulation of Wood is 15 times better than Concrete, 400 times better than Steel and 1770 times better than aluminium.
Based on details published by www.albertaforestproducts.ca & www.forestry.gov.uk