If you’re looking for the final authority on all things log and timber home, then welcome the Log Home Council’s Library. Here you will find dozens of documents prepared by industry experts in log and timber home design, construction, maintenance and more. Most of this information has been thoroughly researched by the Log and Timber Homes Council Technical Committee. Peruse or download all this information below.
The Log and Timber Home: An American Dream
This full color, detailed publication takes log and timber home buyers through the history of the log and timber homes industry, the Log and Timber Homes Council, and the log and timber home building/buying process. “The Log Home: An American Dream” is a must read for anyone interested in a log and timber home. Download it for FREE. The Log and Timber Home: An American Dream is stored in PDF form for easy printing or distribution.
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Smart Energy Upgrades for Existing Log and Timber Homes
The Log and Timber Homes Council Issues Guidelines for Consumers Seeking To Improve Energy Efficiency. The following white paper is provided to demonstrate how older homes can be improved to more current levels of energy efficiency without destroying the beauty and comfort provided by your log walls.
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Today’s Log and Timber Homes Go Green
Whether the goal is to save fuel, save the planet or a little of both, American homeowners are increasingly going green. And while the average household spends $1,900 a year on energy, log and timber home owners typically report that they spend far less than their neighbors on heating, air conditioning, hot water and electricity. In this white paper, Today’s Log and Timber Homes Go Green, prepared by the Technical Committee of the Log and Timber Homes Council, you can discover a variety of strategies for reducing costs and the impact on our planet.
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Prevention of Air and Water Infiltration: A Systems Approach
Log and Timber Homes Council White Paper addressing infiltration, sealants, compatibility with wood treatments, and durability. Preservation Maintenance of Log and Timber Structures.
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How to Appraise Log and Timber Homes
This booklet is designed to familiarize the appraiser or lender with log and timber homes including styles, construction, and cost variables, market trends, and points of comparision with other types of housing. How to Appraise Log and Timber Homesis stored in PDF form for easy printing or distribution or you can read it online.
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Energy Performance of Log and Timber Homes
Thanks to the physical characteristics of logs, when you build your new home you can watch your energy bills go down, which really adds up. Log homes are able to achieve excellent energy efficiency, thanks to “thermal mass,” a natural property in the logs that helps keep inside temperatures comfortable in all seasons. This enables log and timber homes to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Indeed, in studies by the Department of Energy and performed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, log and timber homes were found to outperform other forms of construction. Read all about it in the white paper, the Energy Performance of Log and Timber Homes.
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Sound Transmission And Log Walls
Did you know that log walls lead to a far quieter home than other forms of construction? Discover how log and timber homes can reduce sound transmission in this Tech Note from the Log and Timber Homes Council Technical Committee. Sound Transmission And Log Walls.
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Preservation & Maintenance of Log Structures
Prepared by the Technical Committee of the Log and Timber Homes Council, Building Systems Councils, and the NAHB, this 14-page document is a must if you are contemplating designing, building, and living in a log structure. It compiles features and methods that will ensure the permanent quality of the log structure. Download Preservation & Maintenance of Log Structures to keep your log and timber home safe from Mother Nature’s wrath.
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Log and Timber Homes Council Grading Program
Log grading is a process that certifies the quality of logs before the product leaves a sawmill. All Log and Timber Homes Council members are required to participate in a third-party log grading program prior to joining the council. The log grading process guarantees the consumer that their logs meet or exceed national standards for home building. Download the white paper, Log and Timber Homes Council Log Grading Program.
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Controlling Carpenter Bees
Tiny, aggressive,and persistent, carpenter bees are an often overlooked enemy of log and timber homes and unpainted wood. Read this Tech Note to learn how to identify, prevent, and control damage inflicted by carpenter bees. Controlling_Carpenter_Bees.
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Fasteners For Log and Timber Homes
Log home companies use multiple fastening systems to attach their logs. This report from the Log and Timber Homes Council Technical Committee describes several different methods of fastening used in assembling log and timber homes. Download Fasteners For Log and Timber Homes.
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Termite Prevention & Control in Log and Timber Homes
Effective termite prevetion relies on quality design, construction and maintenance. The Log and Timber Homes Council has prepared this two-page summary on how best prevent your log and timber home from becoming a termite target. Download Termite Prevention & Control in Log and Timber Homes.
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Fire Performance of Log Walls
One frequently asked question is “How do log walls perform in a fire?” Building codes and the insurance industry look at this issue to understand the potential hazard that may result in loss of life and property. With life safety and protection of property being the goal, hazard assessment focuses on the type of construction, the availability of firefighting resources, and the proximity of the structure to neighboring structures. The key issue is time… How long will log construction be able to withstand a fire until the manpower, equipment, and water can be deployed to extinguish it? Discover how well this building material stands up to fire in the Download Fire Performance of Log Walls is stored in PDF form for easy printing or distribution, or you can access this report online.
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