A Uniquely American Tradition and the Original ‘Green’ and Sustainable Way to Build
What is a Log Home?
If you’re dreaming of buying and living in a log home, you are not alone. More people live in these modern, rustic residences than in any time in history. The warmth of wood, the solid construction and that powerful connection to nature, all add up to a feeling of safety and sanctuary that many of us crave in today’s uncertain world.
Members of the Log Homes Council (LHC) are in a very exclusive group. While hundreds of companies offer log homes in the United States and Canada, far fewer qualify for membership in the LHC. What sets these companies apart? They offer peace of mind.
Purchasing your dream home is likely one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime. LHC members have adopted a number of membership requirements designed to protect your investment. All LHC members must:
- Abide by a strict code of ethics
- Grade their logs and timbers by a third party agency to ensure quality
- Provide construction manuals to ensure homes are built to meet building codes
- Sponsor scientific studies that advance log building technologies
- Provide information to consumers
Log Homes Meet Green Building Standards
Log home construction earns points in the green building standard, including:
- A green building material — Trees are a renewable resource.
- Modern milling methods — The modern manufacturing process utilizes every portion of the log.
- Delivered all at once — The homes can be sold as kits or “packages” with the bulk of the building materials delivered at one time, reducing fuel costs and carbon emissions compared to traditional site building.
- Less waste on the job site — Pre-cut log home packages go up quickly and leave less waste on the job site than conventional construction.
- Organic and simpler way to build — Walls are completed simply by stacking logs, which means there is less energy consumed to craft the home and less man-made materials than conventional construction.
Log Homes Are Energy Efficient
The massiveness of the logs plays a vital role in conserving energy. According to numerous scientific studies, logs absorb heat energy during the day and radiate it at night to even out the temperature, which can make the occupants feel more comfortable while using less energy over the life of the home.
In addition to the benefits of solid timber construction, Log Homes Council member companies engineer their log wall joinery and roof systems to eliminate air infiltration and moisture, conserve energy and increase comfort. This engineered approach continues with every product included in a log home package such as brand-name, double-paned windows and patio doors with low-e glass, proper venting and subflooring structures.
reprinted from the Log Homes Council Website