Our timber framed homes are designed to fit in elegantly with their surroundings and while we make full use of natural materials for house building we are careful not to waste precious energy by inefficient insulation, nor do we achieve warmth at the expense of light.
Sunshine is so important to the Swedes that even in the depths of winter Swedish homes are light, airy and spring-like!
Virtually everything we use in our house construction is from fully sustainable resources.
Swedish methods of forest management and conservation are renowned as a world ecological standard but sadly are not followed by all other countries.
For each tree that we fell 15 new seedlings are planted and by careful forest management we assure the constant renewal of this precious resource.
Low Energy Homes, Positive Carbon Homes;
By constructing super insulated, draught proof, timber framed homes, energy for heating is conserved and by constructing these homes with mature timber from our forests, masses of carbon is “locked in” for the lifetime of the building and the new trees planted absorb much more efficiently the carbon from our atmosphere.
Nothing is wasted in our house production; even the wood-shavings and sawdust are recycled.
Our timber framed homes consume less energy to produce than so called “traditional” homes of brick and concrete and of course consume less energy over their lifetime.
What could be more natural or traditional than constructing your home with timber?
Using wood products also has a threefold effect on reducing greenhouse gas emissions:
It increases the carbon sink
With an estimated European wood product stock of about 60 million tonnes, the carbon sink effect of wood products has a significant role to play in reducing greenhouse gases. Increasing the use of wood products still more will further reduce the effect of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and reduce the greenhouse effect. Using one cubic metre of wood instead of other materials results in 0.8 tonne of CO2 sequestration.3 A typical wooden house contains 12 – 20 cubic metres of timber, equivalent to approximately 13 tonnes of CO2.4 A 10% increase in the share of timber houses built annually in Europe would result in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
It replaces carbon-hungry alternatives across the product lifecycle
Wood products achieve negative net CO2 emissions – lower than any other building material, requiring very little non-renewable energy for their manufacture.5 For this reason the lifecycle, or ‘LCA’ profile for wood products is highly advantageous (see Fig. 3).6 Even the energy inputs associated with harvesting,
transporting, converting and recycling wood are minimal compared with other building materials, as over 75% of the energy used for manufacturing wood products is produced from wood residues and recovered wood. In addition to low energy consumption and carbon sequestration, wood processing has clear environmental benefits in relation to acidification, ozone formation, toxicity potential and, above all, global warming potential. Finally, wood’s thermal efficiency means that timber frame houses require less energy to heat.
It encourages the planting of more trees
The more the forest grows and the more we use wood products, the better it is for the climate. Forests and the forest industry will therefore be an important part of the solution to climate change. The world’s forests have a unique ability to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and store it over long periods of time, both in the growing trees as well as in the timber and paper products that come from those trees. They lock up immense quantities of carbon: 350 billion tonnes above ground and 800 billion below, in the roots and humus layers – all in all, 1,150 billion tonnes of carbon – far more than the 760 billion tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere.7 Europe’s forests alone account for some 20 billion tonnes of fixed carbon, half of which is in growing stock. As the forests are harvested and manufactured into products, so the timber and paper products continue to store carbon and this figure can also be included in the total ‘carbon sink’.