What is the Log and Timber Homes Council?
We are part of the the National Association of Home Builders
The Log and Timber Homes Council (LHC) is a national trade association formed by log and timber home manufacturers to develop, adopt, and promote quality log building systems and ethical business practices.
Not just any company can join the Log and Timber Homes Council and enjoy the benefits that our industry members work so hard to provide. Certain standards and expectations are required from our members that set us apart. Joining the Log and Timber Homes Council provides benefits that increase your business potential through industry marketing, advocacy, education, and networking opportunities.
Print a copy of our LHCMembershipBrochure or just check out what our member’s have to say about the LHC. Ready to join? Complete a member application and return it to us today!
Why Should I Join the LHC?
Active Marketing of Log Homes, the Council, and Member Companies
- Maintains loghomes.org, a successful Web site which educates visitors on the log and timber home industry, enables consumers to connect with members, and gives members the opportunity to reach prospective buyers.
- Distributes “The Log Home: An American Dream” brochure to consumers, helping define the role of the council in the log and timber home industry.
- Promotes awareness of LHC members among builders through regular articles and coverage in NBN Online, the BSC’s Systems Built Advantage, and other association newsletters.
- Provides marketing opportunities and exposure in leading industry magazines; helping establish consumer confidence in working with LHC member companies.
- Generates additional exposure for members by participating in several log and timber home tradeshows nationwide.
- Distributes LHC Membership Directory to builders, developers, and consumers to promote sales leads.
- Provides quarterly press releases on a wide array of industry topics which members can use to generate local PR activities.
- Grants members the ability to use the LHC and NAHB logos in their marketing materials to help set their companies apart.
Powerful Advocacy on Policy and Technical Issues
- Assists in the development of key industry codes and policies. For example, the council played a significant role in developing the ANSI-approved ICC 400 Standard for the Design and Construction of Log Structures, which provides a standard for log and timber home construction code recognition across the country.
- Educates consumers and the industry on the energy efficiency of log and timber homes. The council conducted log wall testing for energy efficiency code compliance through Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop data of log and timber home thermal mass and thermal conductivity qualities.
- As part of the NAHB, has the strength to fight and defeat excessive regulations and defend housing initiatives on Capitol Hill, in your state, and in the communities where you do business.
Continuing Education and Networking Opportunities
- Hosts SHOWCASE, the leading educational conference and trade show for the systems-built industry. This event enables members to network with leaders, connect with suppliers, and learn how to tap into the newest systems-built trends.
- Provides an inside look at manufacturing facilities and operations in the log and timber home industry through the council’s annual President’s Tour. This high-profile industry event attracts owners, presidents, and key decision makers in the log and timber home industry.
- Currently developing a certified log and timber home builders training program through the Home Builders Institute, the workforce training arm of NAHB.
- Gives members the opportunity to network with leaders in the log and timber home industry through participation in the council.
- Provides a “Manufacturers Kit for Builders” on how to put on a course for educating builders about log construction.
Access to Log Grading Program Certification
- Establishes the quality of council members by assuring consumers that all logs from a LHC member company meet or exceed acceptable standards set by the model building code and ICC 400.
Access to Guidance on Developing a Construction Manual
- Addresses key aspects of log construction, including safety and design, settling, roof construction, energy requirements, wind loads, etc.
- Ensures that LHC member companies have a comprehensive construction process in place.
Superior Code of Ethics
- Sets high ethical standards and business practices for its members.
- Enables consumers, builders, and other LHC members to air grievances via an established Ethics Committee.
Log and Timber Homes Council members aren’t just in the industry, they are a part of the industry. Join us so we can pool our resources and increase our influence and market share. Give us a call so we can work together to promote and advance the ever-growing business we call Log Homes.
How do I get Started?
We invite you to join the Log and Timber Homes Council and become a part of your industry.
Log homes manufacturers — get started now by completing a member application today. If you are not a manufacturer, you can still get involved by joining the Building Systems Councils. Get started now.
If you have any questions about the council, or joining, please contact the LHC staff at 800-368-5242 x8576.