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Understanding the Thermal Properties of Your Log Home and the Benefits of Log Walls

Understanding how to properly place your log home is important to unlocking its true thermal potential.

In order to get a better understanding of the natural benefits of using the thermal mass of logs to create the most ideal and natural home environment, there are some key ideas you need to understand.

Fortunately, our expert designers will help you through the steps of understanding and placing your home in the right spot.

Thermal Mass

A property of logs that allow them to store heat. For example, in an environment where outdoor temperatures fluctuate throughout the day, like Canada, the thermal mass can help manage temperature fluctuations naturally.

For example, thermal mass is storing heat from the days sunlight in the winter and releasing it back into the house at night or storing cold air from a summer night and releasing it back into the house during the day.

Solar Altitude

This is the angle of the sun relative to the earth’s horizon. What this means is that in the winter the sun is much lower to the earth than in the summer.

Using the understanding of solar altitude will help our experts in determining if your log home should be designed with covered porches or “eyebrows” in order to block the summer sun from warming the logs too much in the summer.

Allowing the winter sun to heat the logs is vital to creating a balanced and energy efficient home.

An illustration demonstrating solar altitude.
The image above illustrates solar altitude.


Knowing your location and the sun’s path is vital to using the earth’s energy to create an efficient climate-controlled log home.

Our experts are trained to use your geographic location and weather conditions to maximize your efficiency.


This is a measure of how well walls, windows and ceilings trap air.

R-Value is a measure of how effective an insulation is, and local codes were created to keep buildings up to a specific R-value Standard. A Home can pass the R-Value code if the total building meets specific parameters. For instance, if the walls are not as high in R-value, the difference can be made up in the ceilings or windows.  

The most effective and economical buildings are composed of both a thermal mass and an R-value rating.

Chemical Environments

Reducing the amount of toxins and chemicals in our homes is becoming a major trend.

When you use a thermal mass system mixed with an R-Value ceiling you are removing almost ¾ of the chemical filled insulation and plastic barriers we use in modern construction. This in turn makes for a much cleaner and synthetic-chemical free home.

Still, for those who prefer a maximum R-value in the whole house and prefer not to benefit from the properties of Thermal Mass, we have a Thermal Maxx insulation System that allows you to keep the Genuine log home Exterior while benefiting from a higher R Value Wall.

Looking for more information? Contact our team!

Whether you’ve got questions about thermal efficiency, optimal building placement, or how to get started with your dream home from Blue Ridge Log Cabins, we encourage you to reach out and discover more about our truly innovative, solid log modular homes – Canada’s best value in pre-fabricated log cabins.

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