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.
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.”
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.