August 28, 2014 - The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has expanded its Building Systems Councils (BSC) to include timber framing—a specialized form of heavy-timber construction. This housing style will be represented by the newly renamed Log and Timber Homes Council.
“From a business as well as a council diversification standpoint, it just made sense to rename the former Log Homes Council and expand it to include timber framers,” said Doug Terrell, 2014 Log and Timber Homes Council Chairman and Vice President of Sales with Blue Ridge Log Cabins. “Though they are two distinct types of heavy-wood construction, the log and timber industries’ interests are often in alignment. And many log and timber home producers offer both product lines as consumer demand for homes that combine elements from both building practices has increased.”
The fundamental difference between log and timber construction is in how the solid wood components are used. In a log house, the logs are typically stacked horizontally and are the primary building material that comprises the load bearing walls. In timber frame construction, the timbers are vertical posts joined by intricate roof truss systems to support the weight of the home. The timber posts and beams are exposed on the interior, and often, there is more drywall and other non-wood components in a timber frame structure.
“We are excited to welcome timber framing craftsmen into the Log and Timber Homes Council,” said NAHB Chairman Kevin Kelly, a home builder and developer from Wilmington, Del. “Now we truly encompass every aspect of the systems-built industry.”
Formed in 1977, the original Log Homes Council has represented the interests of log home manufacturing industry for nearly four decades. The council has successfully worked to ensure that codes officials, building inspectors, the lending community and others take the unique aspects of log home construction through the ANSI-recognized “ICC 400-2012 Standard on the Design and Construction of Log Structures” and other programs.