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Building on the Lindal Tradition of Environmentally Conscious Design

Environmental consciousness has been a cornerstone of Lindal Cedar Homes long before green was keen. In the 70’s we encouraged passive solar homes, we were dedicated to the use of thermal glass and larger roof overhangs for shade. We designed homes with vestibules to be used as an airlock, we encouraged ‘under-grounding’ and active solar systems. We designed our own special breed of sawmill to use only small logs that met our high standard for quality – yet met our commitment to using a plentiful, renewable resource from younger timber stands.

Rising energy costs, climate change, and a new social awareness is bringing the focus back to the subject of construction and the environment. We all want to make the world cleaner, greener, and healthier, and there are many ways to do that. No opportunity, however, offers more “green-from-the-ground-up” options than building a new home.

When you’re building a home you’re in a unique position to make a wide range of “green” choices from the start, choices that will have a positive impact on the planet and on your family by creating healthier environments inside and out.

Green Building Checklist

As partners in the building process, homeowners, architects, designers, and builders should discuss these options from the very start:

Building Site; Framing; Systems & Products; Windows; Landscaping

Going Green with Lindal

Lindal Cedar Homes are by their very nature healthier and more environmentally friendly than most traditional homes, and the Lindal family and company management have a long history of producing homes that support environmentally conscious living and conservation efforts.

To start, Lindal makes the most of our nation’s valuable wood resources by using wood from well-managed forest products produced by the most efficient mills in North America. Combining solid wood and state-of-the-art engineered wood creates homes that are not just naturally beautiful and healthier but constructed with materials that utilize resources more efficiently and produce less waste than other types of timber homes.

At Lindal, we continue to insist on high standards in everything we do, including current work but also look to the future with our research and development. We are developing ‘smart framing’ techniques which uses less wood while maintaining structural and engineering standards and are looking at home product specifications that consider the environment with production.

The proof isn’t in words but in the product itself. Here’s an overview of Lindal materials and concepts and how they create a better home and a better world by being “green.”


Cedar is a long-lasting, naturally beautiful material that is biodegradable and recyclable. Lindal cedar comes from younger trees and carefully managed forests.

Environmentally Conscious Design

Engineered wood products better utilize the entire log, provide more strength using less material, and create less waste than traditional all-solid wood construction.

Double pane Lindal cedar windows and sliding glass doors with state of the art Low E Argon glass are Energy Star rated, and the wood frames made from natural Western red cedar are biodegradable and recyclable.

Design and Construction. Optional in Lindal homes is 24” on-center wall framing, meaning less material is needed than in our standard 16” OC spacing, so there’s more room for insulation because there is less framing.

Cathedral ceilings offer excellent solar design opportunities and comfortable living spaces. The increased volume of living space allows a smaller floor plan to “live” like a larger floor plan. Lindal homes are designed, engineered and partially pre-cut for local climate conditions so that only the right amount of materials and energy are used providing less waste.

Optional pre-staining in the factory means high quality coating with less mess and leftover paint to discard. With Lindal low VOC pre-staining is available.

Environmentally Conscious

The entire pre-packaged home concept requires less time and leaves less waste at the job site because all materials are delivered in one shipment, if desired, and are “close cut” so that waste is minimal. More than that – Lindal’s factory production enables reduction of wasted materials through material planning practices and use of the wood waste.

You and Lindal—Partners in Conservation

Lindal sponsors, since the mid 1990’s the planting of enough trees every year to replace those which are harvested for our homes. To date Lindal has planted more than 45,000 trees on behalf of our customers. The company also funds a free membership for its homeowners in American Forests at the “Forest Protector” level. To find out more about this program or if you want to help plant trees go to, www.americanforests.org.

Green Bottom Line

For many people, green building is more a mindset and lifestyle decision than a financial one. Going green can add to overall home costs in the short run, but potentially reduce utility and other costs in the long run. Environmentally Conscious Design Many factors impact the actual cost of going green, including geographical region, a homeowner’s personal lifestyle, and the type of home that is built. The same is true for how much money energy-efficient products save homeowners over the life of a house. While it’s hard to determine actual savings, consumers can learn more from the U.S. Green Building Council, www.usgbc.org, which offers a free, downloadable pamphlet titled 16 Ways to Green Your Home, and by visiting www.energystar.gov for tips and information.

Resources for Building “green”

These resources provide information and guidelines for builders:
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) offers an excellent manual free on their website, www.nahbrc.org/greenguidelines/complete_guidelines.pdf Building Science Corporation, www.buildingscience.com
McGraw-Hill Construction, www.construction.com/GreenSource/products.asp