We want to make a difference. We are in the fortunate position of being able to build a home from
scratch. We hope that the many hours of research and the lessons that we have learned will help
others change the way they live.
This website has been created to educate you, the consumer, by helping you differentiate fact from fiction. Most information on the Internet isn't regulated, nor is it checked for inaccuracies. Many companies spin clever marketing campaigns to sell their products and services. There are so many 'Green-Washing' campaigns, and catchy 'Green' advertisements to draw your attention. Who are we all supposed to believe? Our website will provide you with facts based on real-life occurrences, as opposed to 'mis-information' driven by shareholder dividends and sales people looking to make commissions.
One fact rings true, and almost everyone in business agrees: by adopting a 'Green' lifestyle, you can protect the earth and safeguard the environment for future generations. Did you know that being 'Green' also improves the indoor environment of your home, and your family's well-being?
The 'Holistic-Green' philosophy for the 'Green Log Home' is born from real-life experiences, and countless hours of research. We are not scientists, nor do we claim that our choices are the best ones for you. These experiences are intended to point you in the right direction, by providing information that will enable you to make informed choices and decisions.
Major changes don't happen overnight. Taking small steps, and altering your current lifestyle will eventually lead to greater cost savings, a self-sustained existence and a healthier home.
Follow our progress, as we film the making of the 'Green Log Home'. Learn how to: find, purchase and build on the most appropriate parcel of land; deal with realtors, surveyors, engineers, contractors and manufacturers; learn about making sustainable choices, and last, but not least, discover how to make your home a safer place to live in.
Join us on our adventure!
Fred and Natasha Ruckel
"The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them"
- Albert Einstein
Our goal is to build a green log home by the end of 2010, in time for Christmas. This home will be like no other. Not a fancy, large luxury home, but one that is green, very friendly to the environment and completely self-sufficient. From solar power to geothermal heating and cooling, we aim to show how, step-by-step through various processes or through small changes that it is possible to save energy and preserve the environment for future generations.