Below you will find useful links on red cedar and sustainable home construction.
Best Deck Railings: BestDeckRailings.com
Local Virginia farm grows and harvests cedar on their own property, custom cutting lumber. See their Facebook Page!
Many of us don't like cutting down trees, but recently Western Red Cedar (coastal cedar) and Inland Cedar have been managed smartly and responsibly, and they have reduced the growing time of forests, in some cases they have reduced it from 300 years down to 100 years. Wood is 100% biodegradable, and returns to the cycle virtually intact. The tiny amount of waste is used as soil for the next generation of trees. Red cedar lumber is ideal for "Green" and sustainable construction for its low environmental impact, and its sustainability.
Red cedar lumber will help with your LEED points in your home construction. Red cedar lumber lasts, and resists solar, water, insect, mold, fungi and other environmental degradation. Using red cedar also saves you money down the road for you won't have to replace the siding as much. Wood insulates better than other natural materials. Red cedar grain is also very beautiful and pleasant to look at, and will add to the quality of life environment that is also important for LEED points. Staining the red cedar with a "Green" wood stain such as Defy Extreme Wood Stain from SaverSystems.com will further enhance protection from the elements and degradation, as well as assure there are NO VOCs.
Please watch our video about using red cedar in sustainable home construction below, and to see pictures of the western red cedar used on the GCM house, please check out Pictures 7 Page.