Environmental Information

All the wood in a Scandinavian Log Cabin or home is sourced from pine forests in Sweden, Norway & Finland. These forests are the main source of income for the people of the region. They manage the forests, harvest the trees and replant them using documented techniques that have been used for over 50 years. The wood supplied to the Scandinavian Log Cabins factory is FSC certified to prove their wood is from a sustainable source. The local Forestry Board has a sustainability policy statement which is available for you to view along with information about the Swedish Forestry Act.

Logs used in our products are sourced from trees which are at least seventy years old when they are harvested. The median age of the trees is around ninety years old. Whenever a tree is harvested it must by law be replaced with three saplings.

Because the trees used in our products are grown so far North they grow very slowly which means they are harder and denser than trees grew further South and the wood is of the very best quality.

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felt shingles roof tiles

felt shingles roof tiles

The Carbon Cycle

As is well known our environment is being damaged by human activity. One of the major factors damaging the planet is the release of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon Dioxide is a "Greenhouse gas" which helps to form a sort of blanket around the Earth preventing solar heat from being radiated out into space. By studying sediment cores from the sea beds and ice cores from the vast ice sheets of Greenland and the Antarctic scientists have been able to demonstrate that at periods in the Earth's history when Carbon Dioxide levels have been elevated then there has been a corresponding increase in global temperature. Thanks to mankind burning fossil fuels present-day Carbon Dioxide levels are high, around 30% higher than they were 200 years ago, and global warming is an imminent danger.

Trees are our friends in combating global warming. They absorb Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere by the action of Photosynthesis and store the Carbon in their wood. The more trees we grow the lower atmospheric Carbon Dioxide will become. By chopping down trees, making log cabins out of them, and growing new trees, we are keeping Carbon Dioxide out of the carbon cycle.

However, at some point in time, a log cabin is going to wear out and will be dismantled. If the logs are burned the Carbon stored is released back into the atmosphere as Carbon Dioxide. We can delay the event by recycling the logs as chipboard, but at some point, the wood will burn or rot and the carbon cycle will continue. So growing trees is not a solution to global warming, but it is at least carbon neutral. Global warming is not made worse by growing trees, and very little energy is used in growing and harvesting the crop. The same could not be said of other forms of house building.

Conventional houses are built on concrete foundations with brick walls joined together by cement. The cement industry is one of the biggest users of energy in the world, and any reduction in its consumption will have a direct effect on carbon dioxide emission. By eliminating brickwork you are already taking a major step in the conservation of energy, not to mention mining damage from chalk pits & clay pits.

The weight of a log home is also substantially lower and foundations do not need to be as substantial leading to savings in concrete. It is even possible to eliminate concrete foundations entirely by using screw pile foundations.

The same with roofing material where mineral felt made using waste shale is used instead of clay tiles that need to be dug up, shaped and baked in an oven.

General Green Credentials

Some other areas Scandinavian Log Cabins are keen to promote are:

Lean manufacturing techniques are exploited in the factory to minimise waste through optimal cutting patterns in raw materials. Offcuts are re-used where possible. The factory where our cabins are made is itself heated by waste sawdust from the manufacturing process.

In our business methods, we promote re-use before recycling and minimising paperwork through electronic data transfer. We do not believe in expensive offices, showrooms, salesmen in company cars. We want you to do the selling for us with a quality product at the keenest price.

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Swedish Log homes

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dorma log homes

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Our collection of 1 & 1/2 Storey

timber homes. Single storey homes

with rooms in the loft space

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two storey log houses

Two Storey

Our stylish collection of Swedish

two storey log homes & buildings

Made with the finest logs from Sweden

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Finnish Collection

post & beam houses

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Single storey house designs.

Designed in Finland. Built in Britian

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post & beam garden buildings

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Our Finnish collection of stunning

One and a half storey homes & cabins

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Two Storey

Our superior collection of stunning

Two storey log homes & buildings

Made from fine Finnish timber.

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mobile homes & lodges

Mobile Homes & Lodges

Luxurious & Affordable Homes, Garden Annexes & Home Offices

This our collection of Mobile homes and lodges made from logs or timber panels. These designs are also perfect for garden annexes or a home office. The interior can be built in any way you choose so you can choose exactly where you would like your wall partitions. Mobile homes generally don't need planning permissions as they are not a permanent structure.

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From self-build to full turnkey projects

Here at Scandinavian Log Cabins, we offer wooden homes in a self-build kit form for you to create & build your stunning new home on your plot of land, We can give help & advice for planning permission, building regulations and technical building hints & tips. Log houses or wooden houses are becoming very popular in the UK. We also offer a full turnkey option where we can handle the whole project from design drawing to arranging cushions.

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