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Wooden houses, A Concept...

Wood is a natural product that has been used for building houses for thousands of years. It is better for the environment, is sophisticated, has a rich look and most importantly gives a natural and earthy feel to your home.

How it Benefits the Environment...

For every tree cut down three replacements are planted. The trees that are cut down are near the end of their growing cycle and the replacements are young, vigorous and at their most active, removing CO2 from the atmosphere and converting it to oxygen as they grow into maturity.

Wooden Houses V.S Concrete Structures

The manufacture of concrete accounts for between 5 and 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions C over twice as much as created by aviation. Every tonne of concrete poured produces a tonne of CO2 and other gases as well as using resources that cannot be replaced.

If you build a 100 sq m two story house in wood instead of concrete you will save approximately 4 tonnes of CO2. That is the same as 14,000 miles of driving. A recent study in Sweden found that if all houses built since 1945 had been made of timber we would have saved 300 million tonnes of CO2.

Life of a Wooden House...

There are many buildings made of traditional timber logs in Scandinavia that are dated from the 15th century. Log/timber-houses in Canada and the USA have lasted many generations. Most concrete structures need major renovation after about 25 years.

Surviving the Heat...

For most construction methods, the serious concern is the temperature range the materials will be subjected to. In Canada, log-houses deal superbly with weather going from -30C up to +40C. Heat does not adversely affect well treated solid timber

Protection from Termite and Other Pests...

Termites and other insects love damp and rotting wood. All our timber is first kiln dried to ensure there are no insects in the timber and the wood is dry. It is then treated with preservative and built on solid concrete bases or piles which avoid contact with the ground. In areas particularly prone to termite attack, we would recommend treating the soil with a guaranteed insecticide prior to construction.

Beating the Sunlight...

Any timber used in strong sunlight must be treated as soon as possible to protect it from UV radiation. We build the houses and treat them immediately with a high quality preservative with suitable pigmentation to protect the wood. The timber then needs to be re-treated periodically throughout its life (normally after 1 year, 5 years and then as required). The wood should not be painted in order to let it breathe naturally and maintain its natural level of moisture

Insulation...

Wood is an excellent insulator; it will keep your home cooler in summer and warm in the winter. It is 15 times more thermally efficient than the same thickness of concrete and 400 times better than steel. These homes are perfect for both deserts and mountains.

Fires and Earthquakes...

A major fire destroys any building regardless of the type of material from which it is made. Timber houses subjected to fire form an outer coating of charcoal but resist burning of the core very well. Unlike steel reinforced houses the structure does not twist and distort in the heat and the surface does not flake and explode.

Our log/timber-houses are designed to survive earthquakes and being lighter and more flexible in design, they fare well. Wood will flex and cope well with vibration but will not crack and distort in the same way as concrete does.