Sand Creek Post & Beam has a deep concern for the environment and protection of the land. We want our barns to last for generations, while ensuring healthy forests and a clean environment as part of our legacy. Not only was wood the traditional building material for barns, wood grows naturally, using energy from the sun, and is the only major building material that’s renewable, re-usable and sustainable. It outperforms other materials in terms of energy use, greenhouse gases and air pollution, and is actively promoted by the USDA as superior green building material. Where others may use harsh chemicals harmful to the environment (often used on sill plates), Sand Creek Post & Beam chooses to use Eastern Red Cedar that is naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects. In addition, the flexibility of wood makes it an ideal building material for earthquake safety or high wind requirements.
Building with Chemical Free Wood
Our suppliers allow the wood to dry naturally and use no toxic chemicals. Since our posts sit on top of Eastern Red Cedar sill plates, there is no need for them to be treated. Our cedar sill plates are also naturally resistant to insects, mold, and mildew without the use of toxic chemicals. Wood requires less energy to produce, transport, construct, and maintain over time, making our chemical free wood the perfect building material.
As part of our efforts to be good stewards and help with reforestation, Sand Creek Post & Beam will donate 10 lodge pole pine or Douglas fir trees in your name when you purchase a barn kit from us. Our barn kits are produced primarily from Ponderosa Pine which re-seeds itself for future growth. Our suppliers practice selective logging to help maintain and continue the healthy growth of forests.
These trees will grow to provide habitat and food for wildlife, restore beauty to the landscape, clean rivers and streams, and provide enjoyment for recreational activities like camping, hiking, and fishing. Over the course of 50 years, a single tree can generate $31,250 of oxygen, provide $62,000 worth of air pollution control, recycle $37,500 worth of water, and $31,500 worth of soil erosion control.
Your trees will be silent sentimentals, honorable monuments, and for decades to come, active participants in nature’s plan.*
* Tree facts provided by the National Arbor Day Foundation
Not only does wood require less energy to produce, transport, construct, and maintain over time, but it is also a natural insulator from the elements. As a result, our barns are comfortable throughout the seasons, warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. This is especially important if you plan to finish off your barn, saving you money on your energy bills.
Using the Sand Creek Post & Beam System – your bents are pre-cut, and your material is labeled and numbered on plans. These along with other energy efficient details reduce jobsite error and product waste on the job site. Building in this controlled work environment also helps reduce waste. What little scrap wood we have is donated and recycled.
Donation of Wood
Our scrap wood is donated to youth and school organizations in our community for their projects as well as the Nebraska Bluebird Association for birdhouses, meaning we have little wood to dispose of. Even our sawdust is recycled, making it into local horse barns for bedding.