Lindal Cedar Homes celebrates 70 years of sustainable systems built homes

Lindal Cedar Homes celebrates 70 years of sustainable systems built homes

Photo courtesy of Lindal Cedar Homes

In July 2015, Lindal Cedar Homes celebrated its 70 anniversary, and its role in developing custom-built cedar homes that allow for many ways to go green.

Founded in 1945 by Sir Walter Lindal, the family-owned company is the largest manufacturer of custom cedar homes in the world—a three-generation success story that’s proven to be as strong and sustainable as its award-winning homes.

A Heritage of Sustainability

“We are tremendously proud to be celebrating 70 years of helping our customers build their dreams,” said Bob Lindal, president of the company and a son of Sir Walter Lindal. “In an industry where many businesses come and go with the ups and downs of the economy, Lindal’s longevity means more than ever in the marketplace. Just like our homes, the company is built to last.”

Lindal continues to expand on the strengths that have distinguished the company and its homes for decades: the innovative vision of Sir Walter Lindal, holder of dozens of patents and countless awards for outstanding home design; the high quality and sustainability of Lindal homes—their materials, design, engineering and manufacturing; Lindal’s relationships with customers through its local dealer network; and three generations of Lindal family ownership, which brings together a heritage of high quality and a steady infusion of fresh thinking.

Lindal Cedar Homes offers an array of design options, such as the modern Turkel Design Lindal, an architect-designed home plan from the Lindal Architects Collaborative, or a Lindal Classic custom home. The homes are designed and built via local independent Lindal dealers.

Green Home from the Ground Up

Perhaps the most widely recognized feature of a Lindal Cedar Home is its relationship to the natural environment.

A Lindal dealer works with the homeowner to gather local environmental data and will explore the building site, noting the topography and things like trees critical for shading and the most natural vehicular access to the house site, all the way through to choosing eco-friendly materials to finish the home.

The project begins with proper siting, site responsive house design, the use of sustainable materials, efficient delivery, and the knowledge required to apply them.

For over twenty years, Lindal Cedar Homes has planted trees to replace those harvested for our homes. Lindal has led green home building efforts in the use of energy efficient windows and detailing, in the use of engineered wood and other sustainable materials. The company has been recognized by local and national news outlets, was the first to be Green Approved by the National Association of Homebuilders Research Center and the only single family home selected for TIME Magazine’s Green Design 100. Lindal’s dealers have received special training to become Certified Green Professionals, and today many Lindal owners choose to build off the grid or seek green certification for their homes.

Surpassing Green Home Expectations

Homeowners are turning to Lindal for a custom, green home that's also affordable.

In 2009 a Lindal Cedar Home in in Seattle was the first in Washington state to be certified under the new ICC 700 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) and the first

Entry of Seattle Green Home: photo from the Seattle Times, Mike Siegel

finished under the Lindal Cedar Homes Green Coast-to-Coast initiative, with the goal of at least one home certified to the standard in every state and province in North America.

Lindal has embraced the new standard, which was approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as the first and only consistent, verifiable third-party consensus rating system for green homes.

Lindal’s Green Coast-to-Coast initiative also shows the flexibility and feasibility of systems-built homes in a variety of building climates. Systems-built homes are partially constructed in a controlled factory environment, allowing them to be built more quickly, with careful oversight of quality and material control.

Lindal Cedar Homes is a member of NAHB’s Building Systems Councils as a panelized manufacturer, specializing in post and beam construction.

“Lindal Cedar Homes’ Green Coast-to-Coast project shines a tremendous spotlight on the systems-built industry,” said Michael H. Weber, 2009 BSC chairman. “They are proving that a systems-built home is easily designed to meet the codes, standards and energy requirements of a wide range of climates throughout the United States. The added points their homes will score under the National Green Building Standard for systems-built techniques confirms the green attributes of building systems’ technologies.”

The home buyer worked closely with Lindal dealer Tom Schuch to design her 2,400-square-foot home, find a contractor with strong credentials in green building and line up the NAHB Research Center-accredited verifier required for the green certification process.

“Lindal has embraced building green for years,” Schuch said. “We take a holistic approach that incorporates green thinking from the site and home design to the selection of building products, finish materials and systems. This gives our clients lots of green options and makes it easy to achieve certification in the areas that matter most to them and add value to their home.”

Builder MC Construction Consultants partnered with Olympia Salvage to tear down, re-use and recycle every component of the old home that occupied the site of the new home.

Living area of Seattle Green Home: photo from the Seattle Times, Mike Siegel

The owner's goal from the beginning was to have a home that was energy efficient, healthy and as green as green could be. The builder noted that the additional cost of finish selections was balanced by tax credits for recycling material from the former home on the site and the reduced lifecycle costs—energy, and maintenance—from the naturally-lit interior, efficient and allergy free radiant heat, the lifetime metal roof that waters the rain garden.

The house was oriented to take advantage of passive solar and its interior is bathed in natural light from low-emissivity, argon-filled windows. The home was designed, plumbed and wired in anticipation of a future solar hot water system and solar panels on the metal roof.

Because the building materials were manufactured within 500 miles of the home’s location, Lindal was able to score points in the resource efficiency section of the standard for minimizing the environmental impact of shipping.

The home’s insulation is made of cellulose and an in-floor radiant heat system can help improve indoor environmental quality by eliminating dust blowing from ductwork.

Zero-VOC paint was used throughout the interior; the home’s decking and bathroom countertops are made of recycled materials; its dual-flush toilets save water; and all of the home’s appliances and most of its light fixtures are Energy Star-rated for energy efficiency.

“It’s exciting to have a checklist of what truly makes a home green that is approved by ANSI, which sets the standards for the home building industry nationwide,” Schuch said. “Many of the items on the list are simply smart things to do when you build a quality home.”

NAHB Chairman Joe Robson congratulated Lindal in a speech marking company founder Sir Walter Lindal’s 90th birthday. “Even as our industry struggles to get moving again, you already know what your destination will be,” Robson said.

Green building has arrived, Lindal Homes is clearly prepared to embrace it and all of you are getting ready to participate in “the next big thing,” said Robson. “You are putting yourselves in the perfect position to capitalize on the return of the home building market.”

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Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Going Green, GREAT GREEN HOMES, Prefabricated Homes / Systems Built Homes / Modular Homes

Companies: Lindal Cedar Homes


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