The Peril of Log Building

Raising a Voice for Log Building for Future Generations

by Rob Pickett



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/23/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781477255452
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 208
ISBN : 9781477255469

About the Book

Many excellent books and articles have been published about log homes. Some focus on the aesthetics, style and decorating of log homes. Some focus on building methods -- from "build your own" to technical instructions. None examine the specific evaluation of log structures to build a high performance structure. This book is intended to provide industry-specific information that can serve as a solid reference for technical discussion. It can benefit presentations to code administrators or legislators to help folks understand the benefits of log building. It is intended to bolster adoption of ICC400 as the "Log Building Code" worldwide. The Peril of Log Building documents the course of action that has stymied the log home industry. It is a search for the answer that supports and explains the thermal performance of log walls. It provides a discussion of the elements of log home design and construction as established by ICC400 and why those elements are important. It includes worksheets as examples of those methods of evaluation.

About the Author

Rob Pickett formed the housing technology firm of RobPickett &Associates (RP&A) in 2001 following a 26-year career in the housing industry. From a childhood interest in shelter design, Rob gained experience with housing production from both the site- and factory-built perspective. His career took a defining path when given an opportunity to enter the log home industry in 1977. Since then, that path included an A/E consulting firm in New York City, an editorial position with the Sweets Division of McGraw-Hill, and management positions with four other log home producers. Responsibilities have included design, engineering, materials estimating, and pricing operations. Highlights have included innovation of a new log profile, complete documentation of building products and systems, creation of new model plan series, conception of a proprietary national pricing system, and more. Rob began working with the Log Homes Council (LHC) while at Steven Winter Associates in the early 1980's, developing the training program that launched the LHC Log Grading Program. In 1993, Rob joined the Real Log Home family and soon became involved in LHC activities – serving as LHC Grading Committee Chair, Technical Committee Chair and on the Steering Committee. The LHC honored Rob with the President’s Award and Innovator Award, and his efforts continue on behalf of the LHC to advance the industry and the association. Sponsored by the LHC, he was elected to Chair the ICC IS-LOG Committee through the 2007 publication and 2012 update of the "Standard for the Design & Construction of Log Structures". A Charter Member of the Build Green NH Council, Rob is an active member in the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of NH. He became the founding President of the Building Safety Association of Vermont in 2009. Rob has also maintained his membership on ASTM's D7 Committee on Wood for nearly 20 years. Today, RP&A includes clients in the U.S. and Canada, district sales management of Epoch Homes (custom modular homes manufactured in Pembroke, NH), third-party inspection of log grading activities for three log home companies, and activities related to the thermal performance of residential construction. Working toward a Master Certification, I am currently a Certified Green Professional (CGP) through the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Contact RobPickett &Associates at P.O. Box 490, Hartland, VT 05048, 802-436-1325, or visit