Katahdin's Green Practices
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Like many of our customers and friends, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes shares current concerns about the environment. Living and doing business in Maine reminds us every day that the gifts we harvest are of great value and worth using responsibly. It's in our nature as Mainers to respect our forests and natural resources.
Despite its fashionable appeal today, Katahdin Cedar Log Homes always taken a "green" approach to our business. "Green" building and manufacturing not only saves money, it cuts the effect of global warming on our environment. Being energy efficient, managing our forests responsibly, and recycling materials are nothing new to Katahdin - new climate imperatives make our contribution to "green" goals that much more important. Here are some of the ways Katahdin is keeping "green."
- Northern White Cedar Katahdin uses Northern White Cedar exclusively for construction of its log homes. For us its a good choice since Maine's Aroostook County - where our mills are situated - holds one of the largest stands of Northern White Cedar in North America. It is an abundant, sustainable and naturally renewable tree. Read more about Northern White Cedar here.
- Biomass Boiler Katahdin's Biomass Boiler is one of the largest "green" improvements we've made to our manufacturing process. Nearly $1 million invested, we reduced our environmental footprint by not heating with fuel oil, having to truck away thousands of tons of waste sawdust and scrap each year. To read more about this improvement please follow this link.
- Forest Stewardship Council/SmartWood Certification Katahdin completed the rigorous process of becoming the only log home manufacturer in the U.S. to earn Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody Certification certified by the SmartWood program. Read more about this program here.
- Making the Most of Cedar Logs Katahdin has always made it a priority to reduce waste and use as much of the Northern White Cedar logs that arrive in their just-cut state. Because of our strict grading, not every cedar log we purchase is made into wall stock. So, we've devised alternative uses for just about every bit of the log that crosses our doorstep. Read more about how we have implemented a Zero-Waste facility.
- Electronic Communication and Recycled Paper Katahdin's front office faces the same struggles as any business, trying to reduce consumables to bare essentials thus a reduction of an environemtnal impact in the course of doing business. Read more about Katahdin's efforts on this page.
- Maintenance Maintenance is an important part of the decision process in choosing your new log home. Northern White Cedar has already given us a natural insulating benefit, but it also plays a role in minimizing the amount of maintenance and your exposure to harmful chemicals. Read more here.