We focus on Home energy efficienct

At Appalachian Log & Timber Homes, our homes have outstanding qualities that make them especially attractive for energy efficiency.

Solid log walls have heat storage capability called “thermal mass”, the ability of solid wood to hold energy and slowly release it back into your home. This explains why customers who live in log homes report substantially lower heating and cooling bills. Whether you’re heating to keep out the chill of icy winter storms, have windows thrown open to fresh spring and autumn breezes, or air conditioning against sultry, summer days, an Appalachian Log Home works with you to create ideal energy efficiency.

Federal Tests Prove It!   A study was conducted by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to determine the effects of thermal mass (the bulk of solid wood log walls, or brick and block walls) on a building’s energy consumptionA 7-month test performed by the National Bureau of Standards proved that log homes are the energy leaders.

Highlights of the commissioned study found:

  • During the three-week spring heating period, the log building used 46% less heating energy than the insulated wood frame building.
  • During the eleven-week summer cooling period, the log building used 24% less cooling energy than the insulated wood frame building.
  • During the fourteen-week winter heating period, the log building and the insulated wood frame building used virtually the same amounts of heating energy.

Appalachian Log & Timber Homes offers their exclusive panelized hybrid PANELOC wall system. This system is a superior building, energy-saving and more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional fiberglass insulated stud wall construction.