Strong & Durable
DIY Logs are strong yet flexible and durable, allowing them to weather extreme storms and ride out strong earthquakes.
DIY Logs have a very high strength-to-weight ratio, providing protection in harsh environmental conditions and situations like earthquakes, hurricanes, cyclones, tornadoes, and typhoons.
Engineers have tested the strength of log buildings and confirmed they can withstand winds in excess of 140 mph and are an excellent source of storm protection. There are also numerous examples of homes that have not only withstood the high winds but endured the storm surges as well.
DIY Logs also protect you in a fire. They burn at a slow rate, and don't melt and suddenly collapse as steel can when heated. It can also be sanded and re-used after a fire.
DIY Logs are low maintenance, as they do not dent or mark easily. They also resist staining, soiling and odor build up.
Log walls have lasted for well over 300 years, which means, you have at least 300 years to put your feet up, and enjoy the maintenance-free relaxation of DIY Logs.
Healthy Living Zone
DIY Logs naturally breathe creating better indoor humidity, which in turn translates into improved comfort and health for you!
“The use of logs improves indoor humidity. During the cooler months logs act as a passive dehumidifier in bedrooms during the night and a humidifier in living rooms during the day. This produces more favorable humidity indoors; which translates into improved comfort and health.”
Dr. Larry Bellamy – Lincoln University, New Zealand
No. 1 Healthy Building Material
Logs are the number one healthy building material on the planet.
Australian architect, Sydney Baggs in his book, The Healthy House, ranks materials based on many factors including a material’s capacity to absorb toxic vapors and gases, its hygroscopicity, diffusion resistance, sound transmission, heat storage capacity, resistance to electrostatic charges, and surface temperature and conductivity. He also took into account the ecological impact of producing the materials.
Organic Air Stabilizer
DIY Logs create an ideal comfort zone, by taking the edge off both high and low humidity levels!
The single, most amazing attribute of logs is that they are not inert like concrete, steel and other synthetic building materials.
A DIY Log cabin is “alive” and is technically more complex than synthetic materials. It will actively try to maintain your comfort level by working with the surrounding environment absorbing and repelling vapor to achieve a natural balance.
DIY Log’s natural insulation qualities, combined with high heat capacity, provide a stable comfortable wall surface temperature.
The ability to absorb moisture vapor is an important functional attribute of DIY Logs. As the hydrogen bonds that bind the water molecules are reversible, water can be released in a process known as desorption. Heat is generated as water vapor is absorbed into the wood and lost again as the log dries, effectively warming and cooling the space when needed the most.
The thermal and moisture buffering capacity of DIY Logs is integral to their ability to maintain a stable internal environment.
Sustainable - Works with Nature
DIY Logs are natural, biodegradable and locks up large amounts of CO2 indefinitely. Plus, they are the only renewable building resource on the planet!
CO2 – Removing & Reducing
DIY Log Cabins have the unique ability to reduce CO2 in the atmosphere.
The wood used in a DIY Log Cabin stores C02 as part of its natural composition. Trees replanted after they are harvested for DIY Log Cabins continue to produce life giving oxygen while removing and storing more C02 emissions – lower than any other building material. (Source: Building Information Foundation, RTS, 2003)
DIY Log crops grow as part of a natural, annually renewable cycle that has evolved over millions of years.
DIY Logs have significant thermal mass. This means your cabin logs have the capacity to store and exchange heat, which saves you on your energy bill!
DIY Logs have high insulation and thermal mass meaning less energy is required to heat, cool, and ventilate a DIY Log walled cabin. Studies conducted at Lincoln University have confirmed that the energy performance of log construction is superior to that of stick frame construction. This is almost entirely due to the log’s greater thermal mass.
Low Embodied Energy
Embodied energy refers to the quantity of energy required to manufacture and supply, to the point of use, a product or material.
Logs take little fossil fuel to manufacture. The embodied energy required to produce a log cabin is far less than a conventional light stick frame with gypsum board lining and brick or fiber cement siding. DIY Logs have the lowest energy consumption and the lowest C02 emissions of any commonly used building material.
Byproducts of the manufacturing process can be burned cleanly to produce energy, continuing the carbon cycle without adding to the total carbon presence in the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels.
DIY Logs are manufactured by nature using sunshine, so very little energy is required.