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Log Building Standards
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The Log Building Standards are founded on performance principles that allow the use of new materials and new construction systems. Anyone may propose amendments to these Standards. These Standards are not intended to prevent the use of any material or method of construction not specifically prescribed by these standards, provided the proposed action is satisfactory and complies with the intent of the provisions of these standards and that the material, method or work offered is, for the purposes intended, at least the equivalent of that prescribed in these Standards in suitability, strength, effectiveness, fire resistance, durability, safety and sanitation.
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Several documents published by International Log Builders' Association:
  • Spiral Grain - The Inside Story from Log Building News #63 (265Kb PDF)
  • 2004 Log Home Production & Construction Report (285Kb PDF)
  • Glossary of Log Building Terms (50Kb PDF)
  • Exterior Finishes for Log Homes (300Kb PDF)
  • Fire Resistance of Log Walls (80Kb PDF)
  • Loghome survives F-4 Tornado (190Kb PDF)
  • Log Builder Interview Form (30Kb PDF)
  • Log Building Standards (675Kb PDF) - download your free copy here
  • Protecting and Finishing Log Buildings Fact sheet (630Kb PDF)
  • Some Truss Variations to Consider (160Kb PDF)
  • Thermal Properties of Log Homes (260Kb PDF)
How Log Buildings Resist Lateral Loads  Click here Publisher: Canadian Log Builders Association
Buildings come under various stresses and strains, and they must be designed with these in mind. When forces act on a building in a direction that is parallel to the ground, like a strong wind, or earthquake loads, we call it lateral loading.
Alaska Log Building Construction Guide
(by Michael Musick)
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The Alaska Log Building Construction Guide is written to help log builders, owner-builders, contractors, architects, engineers, and building manufacturers build log homes that meet the original State of Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES 1991) (see Appendix A). This book contains useful information for anyone interested in building or renovating energy efficient, quality log structures in Alaska. A number of basic procedures and techniques are described in detail to help even the novice log builder get started building his or her first log project. Building an energy-efficient log home requires the highest level of craftsmanship to meet modern standards of air-tightness, indoor air quality, safety, comfort, and durability.
Research Report on Energy Efficiency of Log Buildings
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Publisher: The Log Homes Council
A study was conducted by the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) to determine the effects of thermal mass (the bulk of solid wood log walls, or brick and block walls) on a building's energy consumption. For the test six 20'x20' test buildings were built on the grounds of the National Bureau of Standards, 20 miles north of Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1980. Each structure was identical except for construction of its exterior walls. The buildings were maintained at the same temperature levels throughout the twenty-eight week test period between 1981 and 1982. Energy consumption of each structure was precisely recorded by NBS technicians during this entire period.
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Several documents published by The Log Homes Council:
  • The Energy Performance of Log Homes
  • Preservation & Maintenance of Log Structures
  • Prevention of Air & Water Infiltration: A Systems Approach
  • Fire Performance of Log Walls
  • Appraising Log Homes
Fasteners for Log Homes
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Publisher: The Log Homes Council
The document describes: spikes, lag screws, trough bolts, threaded log home screws, drift pins. wood dowels
Softwoods of North America by Harry A. Alden
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Publisher: United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service
This report describes 52 taxa of North American softwoods, which are organized alphabetically by genus. Descriptions include scientific name, trade name, distribution, tree characteristics, wood characteristics (e.g., general, weight, mechanical properties, drying, shrinkage, working properties, durability, preservation, uses, and toxicity), and additional sources of information. Data were compiled from existing literature, mostly from research done at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin.
Wood, People and Health by Prof. Dr. Anton Schneider
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A scientist points out that research indicates that not only are we healthier and safer living in log houses but that wood itself is the unsurpassable building material
(Translated from the German by Hanssen & Whist A/S, Stange, Norway)
Basic Tree Felling

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Publisher: Department of Labor and Industries (USA)
Microsoft PowerPoint presentation (ppt-file)
This presentation is not intended to make you a professional tree feller.  It is intended to make you aware of improper cutting techniques.  The presentation does not take into consideration diseased trees, leaning trees or other felling hazards.