Seal Your Deal

As you’re shop­ping for your dream log home, you should look to pro­duc­ers who bear the Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil’s seal. Here’s why.

Log Home Living - - HAND CRAFTERS - BY DEVIN PERRY

Around the same time Gen­eral Mo­tors had Amer­i­cans singing about “Base­ball, Hot Dogs, Ap­ple Pie and Chevro­let,” a group of ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als started lay­ing the ground­work to pro­mote and pro­tect an­other na­tional icon, the log home. Now, 40 years later, The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil is firmly es­tab­lished as North Amer­ica’s premier ad­vo­cacy group for log and tim­ber home man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Founded in part to re­solve tech­ni­cal and code com­pli­ance is­sues that were im­pact­ing the in­dus­try, mem­bers of the Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil have worked tire­lessly to pro­tect Amer­ica’s ar­che­typal home style.

Rep­re­sent­ing more than 30 of the top man­u­fac­tur­ers in North Amer­ica, home buy­ers would do well to work with com­pa­nies that are part of NAHB’s Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil, as they hold them­selves to a higher stan­dard of busi­ness and con­struc­tion prac­tices. Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil 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.

“Coun­cil mem­bers are true stew­ards of the log and tim­ber home in­dus­try,” said Robert Wright­man, CEO of True North Log Homes and 2018 chair­man of the NAHB Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil. “Whether through con­sumer ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives or en­sur­ing log and tim­ber homes are pro­tected in to­day’s build­ing codes, mem­ber com­pa­nies are at the fore­front of the in­dus­try.”

Mem­bers of the Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil also abide by the free en­ter­prise sys­tem, where com­pa­nies com­pete on a level play­ing field for their clients’ busi­ness. Mem­bers agree that they will not at­tempt to in­jure, with ma­li­cious in­tent, ei­ther di­rectly or indi­rectly, the pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tion of other mem­bers, nor to in­dis­crim­i­nately crit­i­cize an­other mem­ber’s work in pub­lic, or take un­fair ad­van­tage over fel­low mem­bers. Each mem­ber agrees to con­duct his or her busi­ness in a man­ner that avoids con­tro­versy, but that if a sit­u­a­tion does arise, to re­solve the dis­pute through non-lit­i­ga­tion mech­a­nisms when­ever pos­si­ble.

Although the Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil has no way of me­di­at­ing dis­putes with non-mem­bers, the Coun­cil main­tains a file on all non­mem­ber com­plaints it re­ceives. This helps the Coun­cil to pro­tect the en­tire in­dus­try — whether they’re mem­bers or not. The Ethics Com­mit­tee also re­views this file when con­sid­er­ing a log and tim­ber home man­u­fac­turer for Coun­cil mem­ber­ship, to en­sure the Coun­cil seal al­ways de­notes a qual­ity sup­plier.

“As one of our found­ing prin­ci­ples, Coun­cil mem­bers ded­i­cate them­selves to pro­tect­ing the log and tim­ber homes in­dus­try,” ex­plains Josh. “Part of that ef­fort is en­sur­ing that only com­pa­nies who meet our strict el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments are able to carry the NAHB Log

and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil seal.”

To en­sure the best ex­pe­ri­ence pos­si­ble for your log home plans, look for the NAHB Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil seal be­fore you de­sign or build your dream log home. To learn more, visit the con­sumer web­site of the NAHB Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil at loghomes.org or call 800-368-5242, ext. 8576.

“Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil mem­bers ded­i­cate them­selves to pro­tect­ing the log and tim­ber homes in­dus­try,” ex­plains Coun­cil past- pres­i­dent Josh Beasley of Hon­est Abe Log Homes in Moss, Ten­nessee. “Part of that ef­fort is en­sur­ing that only com­pa­nies who meet our strict el­i­gi­bil­ity re­quire­ments are able to carry the NAHB Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil seal.”

Hon­est Abe Log Homes photo

The Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Log and Tim­ber Homes Coun­cil is firmly es­tab­lished as North Amer­ica’s premier ad­vo­cacy group for log and tim­ber home man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Coun­cil mem­bers craft ex­cep­tional homes in a wide range of styles and wood species.

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