LHC Membership Requirements

To qualify for and maintain membership status in the Log and Timber Homes Council, a log and timber home manufacturer must:

  • Belong to the National Association of Home Builders or NAHB
    • At least one individual from the applying company must be a member of NAHB, the LHC’s parent association
    • Individuals can find their closest NAHB chapter online
  • Company must supply homes using logs that have been graded by an LHC approved log-grading program
    • Members must either be enrolled in an LHC approved log-grading program or purchase logs from mills that are enrolled in LHC approved log-grading programs.
    • All members not enrolled directly in an LHC approved log-grading program will be responsible for providing proof of grading on all products.
    • Approved log grading programs include the LHC Grading Program, TPI, and VTT
  • Company must provide a construction manual
  • Company must sell a fully-branded log building system
    • A ‘fully-branded’ system is one in which the company applying for membership is the brand-owner of the system (not a dealer or representative of another log and timber home company)
    • A brand-owner is the party which takes responsibility for the quality of the product being sold and will be held accountable per the Council’s Code of Ethics.
  • Company must sell a solid log building system or a structurally integrated log & timber building system
    • A solid log building system is one in which full logs or cants are used as both structural and wall components of the building system
    • A structurally-integrated log & timber building system is one in which prominent structural components of the building system such as posts, brackets, rafters, purlins, and trusses are structural log members. These are the components that must be graded in accordance with an LHC approved grading program.

In short, the manufacturers you’ll find in the Log and Timber Homes Council meet the highest standards in the industry. Many are recognized as industry pioneers. Most are known as industry leaders. Several have been in business for more than 50 years.