WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 1, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — For the fourth consecutive year, members of the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Log and Timber Homes Council (LTHC) are celebrating National Log Home Open House Month. During the month of July, LTHC members will honor America’s log home heritage by hosting home tours, holding log raising demonstrations, giving mill tours, sponsoring seminars and much more.
“Log homes vary in size and style from tiny cabins in the woods to grand, multi-million dollar estates. There are no limits to what log home construction can provide,” said Log and Timber Homes Council Chairman Mark Elliott of Coventry Log Homes in Woodsville, N.H. “We welcome builders and home buyers to join us in the National Log Home Open House festivities by attending our special events and factory tours across the U.S.”
There are numerous practical benefits of log homeownership, especially for those interested in a green home. The modern manufacturing process uses every portion of the log, resulting in far less waste on the job site than conventional construction. The waste that is created is typically turned into mulch or sawdust that then can be converted into fuel. Log homes also can be highly energy efficient due to the fact that the logs used are solid and uninterrupted, coupled with the modern sealant materials and building techniques. According to scientific studies, logs absorb heat energy during the day and radiate it at night to even out the temperature. This principle, called “thermal mass,” can make the occupants feel more comfortable, while using less energy over the life of the home. Plus, there are fewer manmade materials in a log home than a conventional one.
To ensure the highest quality log home, home buyers would do well to work with companies that are part of the NAHB Log and Timber Homes Council, as they hold themselves to a higher standard of business and construction practices. LTHC members must:
Abide by a strict code of ethics.
Grade their logs and timbers by third party agencies to ensure structural integrity.
Provide detailed construction manuals to ensure correct construction techniques.
Sponsor scientific studies that advance log building technologies.
Provide free information to help consumers make smart choices.
“Buying your log home from a member of the LTHC helps protect your investment,” said Elliott. “Each member wants to be sure that you are getting the best log home possible.”
Visit loghomes.org to learn about local events during the month-long open house. For general information about the NAHB Log and Timber Homes Council, visit nahb.org.