IRMO, SOUTH CAROLINA – Southland Log Homes, Inc. America’s favorite log home, is pleased to report that recent independent testing of a Southland Log Home indicates that Southland’s materials and designs can be used to qualify Southland Log Homes for ENERGY STAR certification. ENERGY STAR is a widely recognized U.S. government program that certifies homes (and other products) that achieve significant energy savings.

The independent testing of a Southland Log Home was done to support the company’s recent efforts to promote the energy efficiency of its log homes and the green building practices that they represent. The test results confirmed that, when quality building practices are used, Southland Log Homes can exceed ENERGY STAR rating requirements and received a “Five Stars Confirmed Rating” under The Home Energy Rating System.

The test results are consistent with findings in past studies, which have found log homes providing energy cost savings as high as 46% for winter heating and 24% for winter cooling.

“We are excited to be able to demonstrate the energy savings that can be obtained in a Southland Log Home,” said Ken Sekley, CEO of Southland. “The beauty and durability of Southland Log Homes have long been recognized. Now, the energy savings and other ‘green’ construction advantages of a Southland Log Home are also becoming apparent.”

In addition to energy savings, the green construction advantages of Southland Log Homes include the use of a significantly greater percentage of renewable building materials than do conventionally constructed homes.

About Southland Log Homes: Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, Southland Log Homes was founded in 1978 and is the largest log home company in the United States. Southland operates 18 model home sales offices in ten states and has authorized Southland dealers located throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Model homes are located in Asheville, NC; Atlanta, GA; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Charlotte, NC; Christiansburg, VA; Columbia, SC; Fredericksburg, VA; Gatlinburg, TN; Greensboro, NC; Greenville, SC; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Louisville, KY; Macon, GA; Memphis, TN; Nashville, TN; and San Antonio, TX,. For more information about Southland Log Homes, call 800-641-4754 or visit