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Ecology & Philosophy2020-01-09T16:50:18+00:00

Sustainability

The building of timber houses is a genuinely environmentally sound method of construction. Coniferous wood is a sustainable natural resource and it’s growth and production is a farming industry. Careful management means that more trees are planted than are cut down each year. The exterior and structural timber is pressure impregnated with copper salts only where necessary. The timber used is exclusively Swedish grown Baltic Pine (Pineus Silvestris) and Norway Spruce (Picea Abies). Scientifically developed construction methods ensure that no moisture can arise – this is the environment friendly way to eliminate the risk of mould and rot attacks.

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Green alternative – quality of life

As we become more conscious of the detriment that is caused to the environment in order to achieve our basic needs, we often choose a “green alternative” which may unfortunately be more expensive than the regular more unsound product – organically grown vegetables is one example. In a timber frame house from Scandinavian Homes however, the opposite is true. The standard of living is substantially increased while the cost of living is substantially decreased and at the same time the method of building and running the house is environmentally friendly.

Our houses are built from a natural resource; coniferous trees from managed forests in Scandinavia.

Energy waste and pollution in the production of a house

Considerably less energy is used to produce a timber house compared to a house with masonry walls. Timber requires relatively small amounts of energy to grow and process. Timber is also lightweight in relation to its size and strength. This makes it economical to transport and to work with. Another bonus is that the waste from primary processing of timber can be used to make particle boards.

Most important perhaps, is to avoid polyurethane insulation materials, so often used in masonry construction. These artificial materials provide excellent insulation but we consider them environmentally dubious: during production in chemical factories, in the usage with possible off-gassing, and the harmful waste products at the end of the life-span.

We choose to use harmless natural insulation materials that work well with timber frame methods;  Rockwool in the walls and recycled newspaper insulation in the roof.Save

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