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NEW ZEALAND: Solid Wood home interior comfort and R-Value.
40,000 NZ home owners were right all along. Many people who have lived in solid wood houses comment on how warm and comfortable they are. This is in spite of these houses having walls with a low R value. A group of companies wanting to promote solid wood buildings asked Dr Larry Bellamy of University of Canterbury and Don Mackenzie from Lincoln University to research why these houses performed better than their R values indicated. The results of this work was quite a surprise to the researchers ,… ...

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THERMAL MASS: Why is wood better than other mass materials?
Thermal Mass refers to materials that have the capacity to store heat (thermal energy).

* If the properties of a Thermal Mass material allow it to effectively absorb heat from a source and then release the heat slowly over a period of time, then the Thermal Mass can be effectively used in a structure to spread heat from the time the source is available to periods when the source is not available. In this form the Thermal Mass can mitigate high and low temperatures to help maintain a comfortable… ...

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"New" D Log Cedar Timber Home Building System. Build your own Cedar Log Home...
PAN ABODE Cedar Homes is Proud to announce the release of the "D Log Cedar Timber Building System. Unlike our Post & Beam and other Cedar Timber home Systems, D Log Cedar Timber Home Building System has a destinctive Log Home appearance. In responce to many of our patrons desires to offer a "Log Home" style, Pan Abode now has an option for those who desire Log appeal. Visit the D-Log building system page to find out more...
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute
Oregon Paleo Lands Institute Field Center is located in their new Field Center, designed by Pan Abode Homes, in the town of Fossil, at the heart of the John Day River area in Central Oregon. The tributary network of the John Day River Basin has cut the high desert terrain
exposing millions of years in layers of geologic history. In 2003, a group of Paleontologists discovered part of a large skull in Cretaceous-period rocks near Mitchell, Oregon. It belonged to a Plesiosaur ~ a 25-foot long marine… ...

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How Wood Products help slow Global Warming
Building Green
By: Marcel LaPerriere
Pan Abode Representative - Sitka, AK

Sorting fact from hype is not always easy. Building green is no exception. Over the last couple of years I have been doing a fair bit of research on building green both because I think it is the right thing to do and because I'm working with several clients who want to build green. Recently I was working with a woman who had a very nice modern home designed. The architect was encouraging her to build this home using steel.… ...

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PAN ABODE Cedar Homes Moves Head Sales Office To Downtown Renton.
PAN ABODE Cedar Homes famous for Cedar Post and Beam, Timber, and Log Homes...closed the book on an era of sales and manufacturing at the original "Kennydale" site next to Lake Washington Along I-405 in Renton. Pan Abode developed the KennyDale site in the early 50's when I-405 was just a local access road. The new site is located in downtown Renton at the corner of SW Grady Way & Maple Ave SW. Visit or "Contact" page for exact directions to our new location.
Pan Abode Utilizes Wood From Certified Sustained Yield Forests
The forest products industry does more than just plant and harvest trees. As foresters, wood products companies follow rigorous standards and forest practices to protect the trees, soil, air, water and wildlife. As a result, there is significantly more wildlife in western forests than found by Louis & Clark when they made their trek across our country. And, forest growth in the U.S. has exceeded harvest continually since the 1940s. The U.S. forest inventory has actually increased by over 39 percent… ...

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Pan Abode Expands performance levels of the "Phoenix Timber Energy Wall" System.
In more thermally demanding environments the installation of additional insulation may be appropriate or required. For this we offer the "Phoenix System Energy Wall". Effectively an insulation system is applied to the interior surface of the Phoenix System Timber Wall and finished by Phoenix System pattern interior Cedar Siding. While any desired insulation value can be acheived, an IECC Code Zone 5 assembly is offered as standard. Comprised of an interior 2x4 furring wall & R-13 Batt insulation… ...

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Build Green! Wood & PAN ABODE Cedar Homes.
Natural resources fuel the building industry, and many of the materials used deplete those resources at an accelerating rate. The world is becoming more conscious of how human actions can impact the planet. The best emerging choice is wood, a sustainable resource. With proper management, wood can supply our needs for generations while new young forests absorb more carbon dioxide and release more oxygen than old forest reserves.
Pan abode draws from these reserves and also with the implementation… ...

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