Wood has been used to build homes in many countries around the world for centuries. Many of these houses withstand the ravages of time without any problems. That this is the case is likely due to persistent prejudices or misunderstandings about wooden houses. The idea that wood rots or requires more maintenance than stone houses, for example, is likely to discourage many people from building a wooden house. Others may worry that wood is not the right building material for wet rooms, bathrooms, or kitchens. Some also worry about the statics or that wooden houses are noisy and tend to heat up excessively in summer. Such prejudices can confidently be relegated to the realm of myth. Anyone who opts for a high-quality wooden house has no more disadvantages to expect than with stone houses.
After all, the Swedes and many Americans, Swiss, Japanese, Turks, and British have lived in wooden houses for years – and without the buildings rotting under their feet.
Good Reasons for Modern Wooden Houses
Building houses out of wood has many advantages if you combine the building material with clever planning, the highest precision and careful monitoring of the construction work, and high-quality implementation. Then custom-made, modern, and environmentally friendly wooden houses with an impressive lifespan can be realized.
Ecological and Sustainable
Wood is an ecological and renewable resource. That is why it is unsurpassed in terms of sustainability. In most wood exporting countries, timber can grow back faster than it is used for construction. Especially since many of these countries are now obliged to ensure that their logging companies plant more trees than they cut down and process.
Energy Efficiency of Wooden Houses
With wood, you can reduce energy consumption on several levels. On the one hand, wooden houses consume less energy than steel and concrete throughout the entire supply and production chain. At the same time, wood has better insulation properties – 400 times better than steel and still 15 times better than concrete. The cell structure of wood contains air cushions, which means that heat is not or poorly conducted. This material property reduces the energy requirement for heating or air conditioning.
High-quality wooden houses, such as those offered on this page, achieve the best energy efficiency values. Wood is a building material with a positive CO2 balance and uses less energy to process: it uses solar energy to grow and stores large amounts of carbon dioxide during photosynthesis—one cubic meter of lumber stores around one ton of this harmful greenhouse gas. At least one more ton is saved if you choose wood instead of another material when building a house.
Unsurpassed Wellness Properties
Living in modern wooden houses means living in a pleasant and healthy environment. Timber has so-called diffusion-open and hygroscopic properties – this means that it can filter air well and thus ensures a fresh, healthy climate in the building. Its moisture-regulating properties meanwhile have a positive effect on the room atmosphere. Wood is also multi-sensory: it is enjoyable, looks great, and feels great. All aspects have a positive effect on human wellbeing.
Infinite Design Possibilities
Depending on your wishes and budget, wooden houses can be smaller, larger, more detailed, or simpler. Modern production standards, professional architects and building planners, and a material that can be processed and designed flexibly ensure that wooden houses can be realized at least as individually and creatively as traditionally designed and built houses.