Are Log Homes Energy Efficient? What is Thermal Mass?

/Are Log Homes Energy Efficient? What is Thermal Mass?

Are Log Homes Energy Efficient? What is Thermal Mass?

Woah woah woah captain…  One at a time, and we promise we will get to them all.

While this has been a huge area of recent talk, the facts remain on the log home side.  Hundreds of years of history proves that log homes work, and they work well.  But, we also have the technical, geeky stuff to throw at you, too.

With proper construction, log homes are among the most efficient homes available.  With improper construction, they can be some of the biggest money pits known to man.

We have been brought into situations where energy bills were in excess of $500 per month.  After changing HVAC units, adding insulation, and making a few changes to exterior doors and windows, the same home had a bill reduction of over $300 per month.  Ask for more details and the complete backstory.

Here are a few links to help understand the processes and how they relate to log homes:

Rob Pickett and Associates has a few very nice (although a bit technical) explanations –

Thermal Mass beyond R-value

DOE Warms up to Thermal Mass in Log Walls

Comfy Cozy via Log Homes Illustrated July 2007

Inspectapedia.com – Heating and Cooloing – R-value and thermal mass

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About the Author:

Chris Sparks is an architectural designer specializing in residential log and timber homes. Practically growing up on job sites, he has been around construction and on sites since the age of seven (shhh! don't tell OSHA, it was okay back then). After graduating from the University of Tennessee, he began putting his construction knowledge and love of computers to use in the field of computer aided design. Chris specializes in ArchiCAD. Chris lives in the Knoxville, TN area with his wife and two children.

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