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The Importance of LEED Certification

Building costs are high and affordable housing is a challenge in many areas of our cities and towns. For obvious reasons, inexpensive construction by means of cheap labour and inexpensive materials are often the chosen path. However, those days are quickly disappearing, being replaced with green builds and an eye to a more affordable and energy efficient lifestyle; builds assembled with sustainably-sourced, toxin-free materials, designed for reduced energy consumption in both use and during construction. 

This style of advanced construction follows an assessment for building design and construction. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a certification program that awards four levels of certification based on a point system. Points are bestowed for energy efficiency, water usage, air quality, and building materials used, in addition for environmental factors, like access to public transportation and responsible land use.

Thankfully, there are increasingly more contractors, architects, and companies getting on board with LEED certification and all the benefits extended to both the company and the individual.

REASONS WHY LEED CERTIFICATION IS IMPORTANT

  1. Pollutants in an unhealthy building, possibly made with toxic materials or made with inadequate ventilation, cause all kinds of respiratory illness and consequently, employee absenteeism. LEED certification standards establish minimum indoor air quality (IAQ) performance. A healthy workplace thereby promotes healthy productivity and well-being of employees.
  2. Another element of a LEED certified build is the use of natural light. Workers are exposed to more natural daylight which makes them more effective and improves quality of sleep at night. It also provides an attractive, bright place to function.
  3. Tenants benefit from reduced living expenses when they invest in a LEED certified build. Savings are achieved through reduced energy and water costs, as well as reduced water and energy consumption with energy efficient appliances.
  4. A LEED certified build retains a higher property value over time than one without.
  5. Tax credits may be available in certain cases.
  6. LEED builds are made with natural, sustainable building material, such as the untreated, completely biodegradable Cedar available from Longhouse. 

Individual well-being is rapidly becoming more important than blind over-production and work demands. Productivity improves in a healthy work atmosphere and home environment. Individuals today want to know how their company is contributing to a healthier, more sustainable future because he or she seeks the same goal.

Indeed, certain architects believe LEED certification is essential for modern builds. Environmentally conscious millennials are eager to not only live in sustainable homes, but also want to work for corporations who’ve adopted green initiatives and committed to LEED certified buildings. Longhouse continues to be involved and supportive of LEED certified projects worldwide and we remain passionate on persisting our journey on the higher road.

12 Outdoor Decks from Around the World

Designing a deck distinct from identical, cookie-cutter ones around you is a visionary’s dream. And certainly, creating an outdoor living space with worldly charm can be seamlessly tied into your home when prudently thought out. Knowing what types of plants are native to each area, along with typical local decor, can assist you in constructing your exotic patio area. With these concepts from other countries, you too can feel like you’re on vacation as soon you step outside your home.

Canadian East Coast

East Coast decks are strung with lanterns and lights for evening outdoor entertainment after hard work days. Toss in some Muskoka chairs, teak furniture with bright red Canadian colours for a true Canadian feel. Wood or interlocking stone decking. Ornamental grasses that tolerate salty, humid coastal conditions.

Canadian West Coast

A typical modern West Coast style deck is constructed from locally sourced British Columbia cedar wood, conveniently sourced through Longhouse in Yellow or Western Red Cedar. West Coast patios are open, often accented with modern wicker furniture or teak, and outfitted with an outdoor kitchen. Patio covers are also constructed for our unpredictable rainy weather. Large pots varying heights, of greenery, ornamental grasses and blooms placed thoughtfully throughout the patio space accent our naturally beautiful outdoors as well. Strings of lighting to brighten cool coastal evenings on the patio.

Bali

The casual ambience of a Balinese patio offers tufted floor cushions and hanging lanterns for romance. Mix and match seating a further candle light mimic the magical space. Tropical greenery planted (palms) and stone sculptures often accompanied by a water feature.

California

An outdoor California patio may overlook a pool for an inviting oasis built with paving materials that withstand the sun. The design may incorporate a greenhouse for fresh, organic vegetables. You may find an old growth tree and perhaps a living wall with native plants, built out of reclaimed wood. A pergola climbing with honeysuckle also offers day to night enjoyment. There is also a rich array of wild flowers and palms. 

England

A rose garden is a popular planting with a cosy cottage feel. English gardens are often overflowing with blooms and colourful pots of flowers, and a seating area for much-loved afternoon. Concrete pavers create quaint garden pathways.

Florida 

Sleek and modern with an aim towards minimalism, showcase the palms flowing in the breeze. Alternately, they may be jazzed up with patterned seat cushions and colourful, tropical throw pillows for comfort. Modern lanterns hung add cool ambiance for late night soirées.  

France Deck

Think European vibes with a Parisian bistro set, beside a lush teak pergola climbing with clematis. Toss on black and white striped cushions for an authentic Parisian feel. French countryside patios often come with a variety of sweet potted plants and a statement repurposed mirror or frame as a focal point. 

Hawaiian Deck

For a tropical feel, go with bright tropical print cushions, plenty of palm trees swaying, and a cement patio that withstands the humidity. Open-aired Place carved tiki accents and torch lighting for an authentic island feel.

Italy Deck

Think Positano without the breathtaking views, unless you’re lucky to already have one of those! Italian marble sculptures are typical for outdoor living spaces, along with potted plants, wisteria, and climbing ivy. Throw in a gazebo for an intimate dining area to search those fresh Italian pasta dishes. Comfortable cushioned chairs, a long dining table for lots of family and friends, and pendant lighting setting the mood.

   

Mexico

Beautiful handcrafted Mayan hammocks and dazzling hand painted tiles and pots accent Mexican terraces, along with drought tolerant potted plants. A trellis or pergola adds shade as well. Covered sundeck for plenty of outdoor entertainment as Mexican families love to spend time together enjoying delicious Mexican food. Wood deck made from coconut palm wood. 

Morocco

A Moroccan terrace, you’ll find brilliant coloured cushions, sheer drapes swaying in the breezes for a romantic, laid-back ambience. Elegant and confident. Beautifully patterned textiles mixed in, metal Moroccan style lanterns, and hand painted Moroccan tile flooring. No Moroccan garden is complete without some super-sized palms or heat-loving exotics. Not only do these architectural plants create cool, shaded areas, they also form beautiful shadows on smooth pools of water, they also create a year-round lush garden. Evergreens contrast with richly painted walls too; a common colour scheme used is a deep raspberry pink plaster and aqua-green tiled floor which blends beautifully with the foliage of towering banana plants. Plant them in enormous terra-cotta pots for added impact.

Turkey

 

A Turkish patio might be constructed with local marble, accented with brass details, and finished with a terrazzo flooring. Iroko wood is a teak-like material used. Gorgeous Turkish lanterns add warmth and exoticism to the space.

     

Travel lovers can find all sorts of inspiration observing patio designs. Fortunately, Longhouse is Vancouver Island’s source for amazing outdoor deck design and can bring your exotic patio dreams to fruition.

Manufacturer of the Year

Longhouse is happy to announce that it recently won the award for Manufacturer of the Year. Longhouse received the award from the Vancouver Construction Association. There were many factors that led to Longhouse receiving the award. The project that received the recognition was the Pacific Centre Family Services Association. Longhouse is excited about the recent award and is looking forward to more projects in the future. View some of our past projects here or give us a call to inquire about starting a project of your own with us today.
The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

Owned and operated by the Jenkins family in Parksville Qualicum since 1985, Longhouse Specialty Forest Products is renowned for adhering to sustainable forest methods. Thereby, the company is dedicated to preserving the longevity of Vancouver Island’s old growth forests. Why is this important? Because they are a family-run company that cares about present and future generations and consistently live by this code.

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

Brian’s wife’s family began milling wood in Qualicum back in the 1890s and the Jenkins clan soon followed in the 1920s. Today, Moila Jenkins is Operations Manager and their daughter is Assistant Sales Manager. Owner/Operator Brian Jenkins and his family bring an amazing depth of knowledge as the primary unfair advantage that Longhouse presents over competitors. Not only do they distribute direct anywhere in the world, but the business is in control of product quality every step of the manufacturing process. Clients have received finished product as far away as St. Petersburg, Russia, and New York State. They also give the highest dollar value for their product by selling directly to the end user.

Jenkins passionately maintains that his company leaves a smaller carbon footprint than other mills simply due to the fact that every phase of manufacturing takes place in their facility. There is no need for additional trucking or middlemen. From custom millwork to custom coatings and kiln-firing, all the work is completed on one property.

The progression of Longhouse to adding on a final process—pre-staining—gives them another huge advantage over competitors. You will be hard pressed to find another business that does it all, including pre-stained cedar siding, with access to the best supply lines. Longhouse does it all at cost and that translates into the best price for the customer.

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products maintains the coveted FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) certified by the Rainforest Alliance since 2007. The FSC® is a non-profit organization that uses third party certifiers. As a consumer, when you purchase FSC® certified wood products, you can rest assured that the wood is sourced from FSC® certified forests. The company is also a proud member of The Victoria Residential Building Association, the Canada Green Building Council, and The Greater Vancouver Home Building Association. They also belong to the South Island Woodlot Association.

An additional competitive edge is their mill delivers projects direct to any address, worldwide. With objectives to increase sales five-fold over the next five years, this family business is fast becoming a major player on a global scale. Indeed, Longhouse presently boasts facilitating over 14,000 projects globally in the construction and design industry.

The Future Looks Bright for Longhouse

Jenkins states that Vancouver Island provides the most high grade softwood in the world. Although they specialize in Western Red Cedar, Longhouse also works with all interior and coastal softwoods, such as yellow cypress (cedar), Douglas-fir, Pacific Coast hemlock, and spruce pine fir (SPF). Specialty products manufactured by the company range from custom cut yellow cedar decking, solid wood flooring, cedar fascia and soffits, different varieties of FSC® certified cedar siding—both sourced from Vancouver Island’s coastal rainforests, Japanese grade spruce siding, white oak flooring, and Douglas Fir products (flooring, timbers, and beams).

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products are harvested, milled, and finished on Vancouver Island. Their fine products are integral to a coveted eco-friendly and viable modern-style building. Photographs of completed projects displayed on the web site reveal striking natural beauty. The future for this family business is dedicated sustainable growth and the future is, and always will be, green.

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products

Welcome to Longhouse Specialty Forest Products Weekly Blog

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products

Here at Longhouse Specialty Forest Products we have a passion for the sustainably harvested coastal softwoods that we are proud to work with everyday.  With our new blog we hope to highlight the versatile, and innovative ways that costal softwoods are used in our local market, and around the world.  As the world turns to greener building materials, Vancouver Islands greatest natural resource is becoming more, and more in demand.  All of our products are sustainably harvested on local Vancouver Island woodlots, and all of our suppliers are members of the regulatory Vancouver Island woodlot association.  We believe that our little corner of the world produces the finest, and most beautiful softwoods, and we are proud to be ambassadors for these unique products.

We are truly a local company having been based in the Oceanside area for over 30 years, but the Jenkins family has been working in the forestry industry in this area for over 100 years.  We have seen many changes in the industry, and have worked hard to keep on top of the latest changes in our industry.

Feel free to post any questions or comments about coastal softwoods, pre-staining, or any other enquire below in the comments sections, we will do our best to respond to any and all questions.  Alternatively if your in the Parksville area, and would like to chat with owners Brian, and Moila Jenkins stop by our office (Open 8am-5pm Monday-Friday) .

Longhouse Specialty Forest Products OfficeCheck back very every week for info, pictures of projects, and more.  We look forward to sharing our passion for coastal softwood products with the world.

Office: 860 Sohier Rd Parksville, BC V9P 2B8