Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the cost for shipping?

A. Of course it depends on your location and the size of your house. A standard 40’ (12.2M) shipping container will hold approximately 800 -1000 sq. ft.(74-92 sq. meters) of house materials. All shipments originate from Tacoma, Washington, USA. It costs approximately $3500 USD to ship a 40’ container from Tacoma to Sydney or Melbourne.

Q. Are cedar wood homes more prone to burn in a bush fire?

A. No. See “Bushfire Data” under our Resources section

Q. Because the walls of the Phoenix building system don’t have insulation, isn’t the “R’ factor low?

A. No. Because of thermal mass the walls of a Phoenix building system are equivalent to R-3.7 See “Thermal Mass” under our “Resources” section.

Q. Are cedar wood homes more prone to earthquake damage?

A. No. The elastic and energy absorption properties of solid wood construction make it the ideal system to use in earthquake regions. The Phoenix building system has been rated for the highest Uniform Building Code seismic zone 4 (“Z” factor .40).

Q. Are cedar wood homes more susceptible to insect damage?

A. No. Western Red Cedar contains a natural preservative oil (methyl thujate) which repels insects.

Q. Is the Phoenix building system wall susceptible to warping and twisting?

A. No. The walls consist of 5 laminated sections of kiln dried Western Red Cedar with an average moisture content of 11-13%. There is no warping or twisting like that encountered in a solid log home. The tongue and groove,  interlocking wood timbers eliminate any leakage. Chinking is not required.

Q. Is my home going to smell like a cedar closet?

A. No. The kiln drying process dramatically reduces the cedar aroma.

Q. Why don’t you have floor plans on your website?

A. Nearly every home Pan Abode builds is a custom home, designed and manufactured to match the exact requirements and lifestyle of you, the owner. House plans are available at your local library, the internet and You can also order the “Custom Home Guide” on the website.

Q. Does the use of wood products contribute to the destruction of the world’s valuable forests?

A. No. Pan Abode Utilizes Wood From Certified Sustained Yield Forests. The forest products industry does more than just plant and harvest trees. As foresters, wood products companies follow rigorous standards and forest practices to protect the trees, soil, air, water and wildlife. As a result, there is significantly more wildlife in western forests than found by Louis & Clark when they made their trek across our country. And, forest growth in the U.S. has exceeded harvest continually since the 1940s. The U.S. forest inventory has actually increased by over 39 percent since 1952.

The U.S. is the leader in reforestation, planting roughly 2 billion new trees each year. The forest products industry is responsible for 41 percent of all replanted forest acreage. Thanks to these efforts there are 10 million more acres of forestland in the U.S. today than there were 15 years ago. Forest certification is one way to demonstrate the sustainability of wood products. Much of the North American lumber made today is produced from forestlands using sustainable standards that are audited by independent third parties and recognized worldwide. The “Sustainable Forestry Initiative” (SFI) program is the largest certifier of lumber and wood products in North America, covering an estimated 150 million acres of timberland in the U.S. and Canada. SFI is a comprehensive system of principles, objectives and performance measures developed by professional foresters, conservationists and scientists, among others that combines the perpetual growing and harvesting of trees with the long-term protection of wildlife, plants and water quality. Pan Abode endorses and utilizes wood from SFI Certified forests.

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