Alaska Log Building 
Construction Guide

Alaska Log Building Construction Guide.

The Alaska Log Building Construction Guide was written to help contractors, architects, owner-builders, engineers, log home manufacturers and other log cabin builders build quality, energy-efficient log structures in Alaska's harsh environment.

Although it was written to meet the original State of Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES 1991) and doesn’t conform to the current Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard of April 1, 2007 (BEES 2007), it still contains useful information and relevant material for anyone considering building a log home, either in Alaska or elsewhere.

This Log Home Construction Guide was written by Mike Musick in 1999 for the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Although focused on the need for energy-efficient homes in Alaska, we all want to build greener, leaner cabins and there is loads of good information here. This is useful for novice log home builders and experienced contractors as well.

Log Home Building Guide Contents

  • The Building as a System
  • Top Ten Building Science Rules
  • Scribing and Cutting Notches
  • Venting and Mechanical Systems
  • Log Working Tools
  • Building, Sealing and Chinking the Log Walls
  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Foundations
  • Energy Standards
  • Log Building Standards
  • Log Shrinkage
  • Retrofitting and Payback

The Alaska Log Home Construction Guide also includes a Glossary, and you may also find our log home glossary useful.

Log Building Downloads

For convenience I have it available here as a free download, either as a complete book or by individual chapters:


Complete Guide download (19,729KB)

Chapter 1 (646KB)

Chapter 2 (3702KB)

Chapter 3 (466KB)

Chapter 4 (8130KB)

Chapter 5 (357KB)

Chapter 6 (2705KB)

Chapter 7 (73KB)

You will need Adobe Reader in order to open and read these files.

You can download Adobe Reader here.

To download the file to view later right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As" and select where you want to save it.


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