Below you will find useful links on red cedar and sustainable home construction.

Real Cedar:

​Best Deck Railings:

GCM's Real Cedar Deck and Railings Featured on Best Deck Railing Products Website!

Sustainable cedar railings featured in "Customer Projects" page.


VIDEO and Pics: Sustainable Construction with Red Cedar and Defy Extreme Wood Stain 

Please watch our PSA video below on using red cedar lumber below. To watch all our videos, check out on our Videos Page and the GreenCasaMaryland YouTube Channel here

Whole Heart Farm Donates locally grown and sustainably harvested cedar!

Local Virginia farm grows and harvests cedar on their own property, custom cutting lumber.  See their Facebook Page!

Red Cedar Lumber

Sustainable Construction

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 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.