Chris homes in on cabin firm growth

CHRIS Houston is building himself a fine reputation in the eco-friendly market.

And he is being helped by fellow Hawick man Zander Bruce, who has warmed to his idea.

After graduating from the high school, 30-year-old Chris (pictured) enjoyed a year out travelling in Japan and Australia before completing a degree in American Studies at Sheffield University.

His career path then took a dramatic change as he enrolled in the top Handcrafted Log-Building school in Canada; the Del Radomskes Okanagan School of Log Building.

He explained: “After graduating the school I spent three years working for a specialist Canadian log-building company, followed by years in Austria, France and New Zealand, where I gained valuable experience of different building techniques and construction styles.”

This led him back to the Borders where he has started his own company, Caledonia Log Homes.

He said: “The logs are locally sourced, they lock up huge amounts of carbon, last hundreds of years and, with regard to energy usage, they outperform modern timber frame houses by up to 40 per cent.”

After graduating from the University of Glasgow with a Bsc in Science in 2003, Zander turned his hand to the plumbing and heating industry, and completed his apprenticeship in the Borders before setting up Greenheat Renewables in Glasgow.

It wasn’t long before he saw the potential in the renewable energies market and began to focus his attention on eco-friendly heat pumps and other sources of green energy.

He said: “With Greenheat specialising in bio mass heating, any waste produced in the building of the log houses can be turned into biomass fuel for heating. Thus the two companies can combine their expertise in heating and building to guarantee a zero-waste, eco-friendly building envelope, paving the way for the future of house-building in Scotland.”