Multi-Walled Log Cabins Trap the Most Carbon

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Logs installed over air barrier. Image credit:Otter Creek Log Homes

Looking for an environmentally responsible hedge against inflation? Forget works of art, Persian rugs, a job with a lobbying firm, or gold. Instead, optimize the amount of wood in every aspect of your life: present and future. If you want to build a single-family home, for example, the multi-walled "log cabin" (pictured) is the way to go. To achieve the desired effect, add as much wood as possible on the interior surfaces.

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Then fill it with wooden furniture. Preferably this would be made locally or second hand.

You're not done yet. You must plant enough commercially useful trees, or support a forest preserve with them, sufficient to produce enough timber to maintain your log home for generations forward, as well as to build similar "cabin-style" homes for prospective grand children.

Interestingly, log cabins are probably the single most sustainable and common style of prefab going - having been around for many decades while accruing many design improvements - outside of the mobile home thing. That's saying something.

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