Log cabin living is no longer an emerging trend – it has global relevance and not just Europe, North & South America and Asian nations are also witnessing the preference for log cabins rather than conventional hotel-type accommodation. This demand is largely due to the spurt in the marketplace for nature-oriented living that is finding more traction across the educated, better informed millennial campers and rapidly rising participation in stay-vacations, outdoor living holidays, and ecologically-sensitive recreational activities.
Today, the overall camping & caravanning market is on its way to cross the $50 billion mark by 2022, with a CAGR that is 8% and upwards. Within this domain, the need for cabins that insulate and protect against the inclement weather conditions continues to rise. Eurodita is keyed into this retail ecosystem, providing more options for camping cabin businesses, building upon its portfolio of Nordic timber cabins that have high thermal performance.
Thermal insulation is a part of the overall performance of a wooden cabin. More thickness of the log walls can boost the insulation, aided by the choice of the right type of wood. With more energy conserved within the camping cabin there is less dependence on temperature-regulating devices. This helps save energy but the big difference-maker in this dynamic is the nature of the wood sourced—if the wood itself is sourced with a standard that helps boost the green performance of a cabin, it is a win-win situation. Therefore, Eurodita endorses and advocates the use of FSC wood for its thermally-insulated cabins.
There is a science to why log cabins can be used as an insulating lodge, outdoor classroom, playhouse, or backyard warehouse despite detrimental weather conditions. Building experts insist that the trick lies in the wooden construction. Typically, building materials have an R-value where a high value means more resistance to the flow of heat. When less heat or energy is transmitted across the thickness of the building material, there is lesser loss of heat within the cabin. This means a better-insulated cabin that consumes less, conventionally fueled resources. Typical building assemblies that have steel and concrete in the form of roofing, walls, or sections have a collective and individual R-value. However, the overall thermal effectiveness refers to the thermal transmittance of this assembly.
Log walls are famous as the more energy-conserving building material, but their R-values are not exponentially high! Still, the cooling & heating performance of wooden log structures is a lot superior. The better thermal performance is despite the higher heat capacity of brick, block and concrete – these materials have a problem called, high heat flow. They tend to lose more heat across wall sections. Therefore, the R-value is not always the right indication when evaluating the thermal insulation properties of log walls as compared to masonry walls. Therefore, conventional construction in areas with temperature fluctuations and extreme climatic challenges needs to invest heavily in insulation materials—log construction, if done with precision, saves big in this regard.
Closer inspection reveals that log home cabins perform like thermally superior batteries. This means they are more likely to conserve heat during the daytime and lose some part of it during the night. These energy-conserving properties of wooden homes is found across most types of mainstream timber options, ranging from larch and fir, to cedar and spruce, pine, and Nordic timber—the latter used as the timber type across Eurodita thick log wall homes.
While log walls are more likely to regulate thermal transmittance better, it does not mean that all log homes are created at par. One of the biggest challenges is Air Leakage. Yes, log cabins can be vulnerable to air leaks. If the logs can dry dramatically over the years, after their use in the structure, the logs can shrink. The relative expansion & contraction can open-up gaps. These air leaks bring about the problem of drafts and increase energy loss. Proper sealing, precision fitting, and the use of glue-laminated logs brings about severe reduction in such reasons for compromising the heat insulation—a process that is the norm at Eurodita.
One of the many grading standards for Nordic timber uses a classification system where some woods are good enough for heavy-duty joinery and exposed cladding while others can be used in construction and packaging. Eurodita team of cabin-makers adheres to the highest quality standards here, ensuring that only handpicked, FSC Nordic timber is used. Log walled homes perform better when they are assembled using the best in modern methods that use precision milling and Computer Aided Design (CAD). These are an inherent part of the cabin-designing process at Eurodita.
Earlier, not many retailers were enthusiastic about ordering FSC Nordic timber cabins but today, Eurodita finds an increasing demand for laminated wood that has been sourced responsibly. The demand for laminated wood products is expected to increase dramatically by 2020 and this applies to the UNECE region – United Nations Economic Commission for Europe.
While Eurodita has maintained its FSC production standards throughout, the landmark change happened in 2018, when the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified area crossed 200 million hectares—the UNECE region emerged as one of the biggest providers for FSC wood. With FSC becoming the unspoken standard across the market, many European manufacturers of log homes have been found wanting, faced with the uphill task of rethinking their production system. In comparison, Eurodita continues to build upon its expanding network that now spans across Europe, Australia, US, and Japan, providing thick-walled log homes with appreciable thermal performance.
When Eurodita began the production of its cross-laminated timber, the market was unorganized and had seasons. The supply chain had to face spurts in the demand for green cabins but now, the demand is ongoing, throughout the year. Earlier, log cabins were looked at as a weekend alternative to typical urban homes. For suburbanites who wanted cheaper and seasonal accommodation options, these cabins were very handy. Similarly, baby boomers and those putting-up their feet as a part of the retirement plans were investing big in these wooden structures. The great outdoors and the promise of living in wooden cottages that looked rustic was the big motivator.
Today, log homes are outfitted with modern amenities. These are no longer just rain-saving cottages that can be used as summer homes or winter cabins. The aura of cabin retreats has given way to durable log cabins that can stand-up to the worst weather conditions and provide the type of living standards expected by an individual or a community. Eurodita log homes are made to perform as permanent and semi-permanent structures. While log homes were always sturdy enough to perform as durable vacation retreats, modern log homes can be used from any purpose, from an outhouse to a camping ground rental unit. Eurodita suppliers talk about these energy-saving units being used as backyard offices, yoga studios, and as a temporary way to store the farm produce.
As useful as a workshop or a fishing cabin, these log homes outlive the worst weather conditions, ranging from snowy winters to incessant rains. Therefore thermally-insulated, log cabins are also used as emergency shelters in remote areas and in regions with a history of running into extremely damaging weather patterns every year. As a log home supplier, Eurodita caters to the most demanding and boutique demands for log homes, catering to prospective buyers too. None of these structures are secondary or second homes despite their humble construction standards. While they are easier to assemble than conventionally built, brick & mortar homes, their longevity and weather-proofing is at par with the best homes, across the most demanding landscapes with weather extremes.
Started in 1993, Eurodita has carved its niche in the cabin industry as the manufacturer of log cabins, garden sheds, and a variety of other log structures. The company develops log structure using the best if Nordic timber that is certified by FSC. All the production process is fully computerized to avoid human errors. The manufacturer also offers exclusive dealership programs wherein the businesses receive the products for the private label on the understanding that no other dealer will sell the product in their area. Owing to the quality of the products, every dealer earns a profit of at least 20% during the first year of the partnership itself. As a B2B company, the manufacturer believes in building long term and trustworthy relationships with all the companies partnering with it.