Do Skip Style Butt and Pass log homes meet code?
The answer to that question is an unequivocal YES.
There is nothing in the Uniform Building Code (UBC), or the International Residential Building Code (IRC) that would prohibit people from building Butt and Pass log homes. There are no current codes, or proposed codes, that would interfer with people’s desire to build Butt and Pass log homes.
We have never heard of a jurisdiction, anywhere in the world, that prohibited one of our members from building a Butt and Pass log home.
We have had members build in every state in the Union. We have had members build on almost every continent (Antarctica would be a bit difficult). We have had members build in many, many different countries.
Recently we had someone post in our members only forum that his plans were ‘rubber stamped’ by the planning department. NY is a place that can be a bit picky about building codes.
Recently several members have built log homes in Southern California, like this example. CA is probably the hardest place to build in regards to codes and seismic requirements. Our members have reported no problems with their Skip Style Butt and Pass log homes meeting code. We’ve even had members build directly on top of theSan Andreas Fault, and there was no problem with meeting seismic zone requirements. We have members who had no touble building log homes in Japan, another place with in an extremely high seismic zone.
Recently several members have built log homes in Western Washington,here’s an example of one in Gold Bar. Like California, Western Washington is notorious for having very stringent building codes. Our members have reported no problems with their Skip Style Butt and Pass log homes meeting code.
Everything we cover at our log home building class meets code. We explain the kind of differences you might run into, from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and the best way to address those differences. And we share many tips on how to make the permit and inspection process as easy as possible, regardless of where you are building.