03 Jun KOMO News Radio Discusses Concrete Logs
Listen to EverLog Systems President, Stewart Hansen, discuss the benefits of EverLogs on Seattle, WA News Station KOMO.
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Nancy: KOMO1000 News time is 10:47 am, I’m Nancy Barrick along with Bill Rice. We’re the mid-day crew and Rich Lyons is our editor.
Nancy: An alternative to log homes and you will not believe what these logs are made of.
Bill: And joining us live on the KOMO1000 News line this morning is Stewart Hansen, President of EverLog Systems (Cultured Log Systems.) And Stewart, your custom logs, what are they made from?
Stewart: Well, EverLogs (Cultured Logs) are logs for all intents and purposes with the exact same look and feel as a wood log but they’re made out of concrete, and being made out of concrete there is a really unique set of benefits that come along with that. Primarily bugs don’t eat it, it doesn’t burn, there’s no structural problems, there’s no shifting and settling, those sorts of things are are unique benefits that we’re able to provide.
Nancy: Yea we checked out the pictures on your website, some really gorgeous homes made from these concrete logs and you couldn’t tell that they weren’t made out of wood. What are the environmental benefits from all this?
Stewart: Yea there are several Nancy. The first one obviously is we’re not cutting down trees. The second one is our homes are extremely energy efficient because they’re so airtight on the inside. We’ve actually had studies done by the National Center for Appropriate Technology, which are the folks that give you the ENERGY STAR® labels on your fridge and stove and that sort of stuff. They’ve done energy studies on our homes and they’ve concluded that our homes are 7 times as airtight as a traditional wood log home and 6 times as airtight as a traditional stick frame home. We’re also pioneering the use of a couple of products, by-products of coal production actually which is called fly ash. It’s a way to offset the amount of cement in the concrete which makes them even more environmentally friendly.
Bill: Course we live in earthquake country, are they resistant to the shaking from an earthquake?
Stewart: They are actually. We’ve just put up some building in very seismic, zone 4, particularly in Big Sky, Montana. We have a couple that are in the pipeline right now for Tahoe, Big Bear and Southern California. So those are about as seismically active areas as you can find. Then you combine that with heavy snow loads, our products, EverLogs (Cultured Logs,) perform extremely well.
Nancy: So how does the price compare to similar construction with real wood?
Stewart: We’re pretty comparative with a quality hand-crafted log. We’ll be a little bit more expensive with a milled log, which is the log that comes off a machine, and a little more expensive than a traditional stick frame building. But our value proposition, again, is you have this worry-free home, you put it up once, you don’t have any of the concerns of traditional wood. You don’t have to worry about it for 50/60 years.
Bill: And you mentioned you’ve been putting up homes in Montana and down in California. Any projects here in our state?
Stewart: We do. Go to EverLogs.com (CulturedLogs.com), you’ll see a couple of projects we’re working on. We have a couple in the pipeline for Woodby Island, we have a couple more inland: Othello and Moses Lake. But just about anywhere you’re building in Washington, whatever your particular issue happens to be with maintenance, and you know you mentioned seismic concerns, our product would be a perfect solution.
Nancy: Well thank you so much for your time. Interesting to hear about these, and really, the beautiful, beautiful looking homes. Stewart Hansen, President of EverLog Systems (Cultured Log Systems) and we’re getting his website, a link to that, on our website. Go to KOMONews.com and you’ll see KOMO News Radio in the upper right-hand corner. Click on that, that will get you the hot-links, and that should be up there within 15 minutes or so.