Energy Audits and Log Homes

There is a possibility that the era of iconic Canadian log homes is coming to an end with modern building codes.

The Canadian government is pushing for greater efficiency standards and this puts log homes right in the sights.  A log home is literally built with logs and this just cant compete with new synthetic and technology enhanced modern walls. The standard (energy thermal conductivity)  is measured with an R-Value and logs really score low on the scale.

The alarm is not sounding for all, as some are suggesting that a weak wall score can be offset by other factors that increase home efficiency and overall rating.

Living in Ontario? well the Government here has allowed a log wall exception that offsets its inefficiency by increasing ceiling insulation (an avenue where most of a homes heat escapes).

The energuide stipulates that new homes need to meet or exceed 77 on its efficiency scale.  There are talks of this number being increased to 80 as the minimum.  Log homes are normally constructed below this threshold, but with a little preparation and understanding they can be much more efficient.

Are you interested in seeing where your home sits on the energuide scale? An energy audit will test, rank, and place your home on the standardized scale.  This will give you a thorough understanding of where you can make the best gains for the least cost. Read more about an Audit

Do note that there are no laws that say a pre-constructed home has to meet or reach any level, it simply gives you a baseline to see where your home ranks.  The Government hopes that you will take the initiative to increase its efficiency yourself…. Realistically you’re the one paying the heating and cooling bills.

 

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