Ask Sir Walter: Environmental Issues

Is Lindal environmentally conscious?
How can I choose an environmentally friendly home?
Do you offer solar home plans?

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Q: Is Lindal environmentally conscious?
A: Lindal uses wood judiciously in our production procedures and we buy our wood from sources that follow prudent forestry practices. We also do not use "Old Growth" timbers and prefer a smaller log to maintain quality.

Western red cedar, used in our homes, is a member of the Arbor vitae family and is grown primarily on the West coast. Protecting and preserving the environment is a top priority at Lindal. Lindal is concerned about the environment and wants to protect and enhance it.

Lindal's environmental consciousness is reflected in everything we do, from the way we run our plant to the way we operate our home office. We recycle blueprint and office paper and use recycled paper extensively.

We also purchase individual memberships for our homeowners in one of the nation's oldest nonprofit citizen's conservation organizations, American Forests. Since the 1990s, Lindal Cedar Homes has faithfully supported the American Forests Global ReLeaf forest restoration program by helping plant trees on behalf of new Lindal home buyers.

Since 1990, Global ReLeaf has planted more than 40 million trees in damaged and degraded ecosystems in every single state and in 38 countries worldwide. As this nation's oldest national conservation organization they have been at work since 1875 - helping to preserve the health of our planet for the benefit of its inhabitants.

Our relationship with American Forests stretches back almost 20 years—almost as long as the Global ReLeaf program has been running—and has resulted in the planting of more than one hundred thousand trees in critically important ecosystem restoration projects. As a result, Lindal has taken strides to help provide clean air and water, sequester carbon dioxide, and provide vital habitat for wildlife.

Q: How can I choose an environmentally-friendly home?
A: The building materials you pick to build your new home factor into saving energy—and our environment. Trees improve the environment as they supply oxygen and help control ground water. Of course, trees make a great building material—and can quickly be replenished by planting new green trees.

At Lindal Cedar Homes, we are concerned about the environment and use responsible building and business practices to protect and enhance it. It is the layperson's perception that the best timber comes from the biggest and highest quality old growth timber available. Actually, wood fiber from a second growth pulp log is exactly the same as the wood fiber from the finest tree in an old growth forest. Moreover, the second growth timbers have improved knot quality due to the small diameter and are likely to be intact. One of the reasons our founder, Sir Walter Lindal, chose to work with cedar is that it grows quickly and is relatively straight. After more than 70 years, Lindal Cedar Homes is committed to purchasing the highest quality building materials from responsible suppliers who utilize sustainable harvesting practices.

We also believe in replenishing the forest. For more than five years, we have been a major contributor to the American Forests Global Releaf program. As a thank you to new Lindal homeowners, Lindal sponsors their membership as a "Forest Protector," which includes 25 trees being planted in their name.

Another area that Lindal focuses on is training our dealer network. Each dealer is knowledgeable in siting your new home to protect the ecosystem on your lot, as well as designing your dream home to use the surrounding environment to capture the sun's energy and resist the extreme weather patterns in order to make your home energy-efficient. Ask your dealer about their services.

As environmental issues continue to evolve, rest assured that Lindal will continue to procure and develop green building products.

Q: Do you offer solar home plans?
A: We can provide design assistance to incorporate many solar home lifestyles into our post and beam system. Whether that be active solar panels or passive use of the sun on the site, we can incorporate all your needs.

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