Wood has properties which make it an excellent building material. Being both very solid and flexible, it enables made-to-measure structures to be developed, load-bearing walls to be removed by replacing them with beams or posts or solid walls to be made which enable the building of multiple floors. But these advantages are not confined to construction. There are also numerous benefits for someone who chooses to live their daily life in a house made of wood.
AN ECONOMIC AND SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
Wood displays especially interesting thermal performance. An excellent insulator, it certainly allows heating bills to be reduced. On a different note, wooden structures can be assembled very rapidly. Thanks to pre-fabrication work carried out beforehand in the workshop, on-site time is much shorter than for traditional construction and this significantly reduces construction costs. Wooden structures are long-lasting and represent an excellent property investment. Many half-timbered and solid wood houses have passed through the centuries in our neighbouring countries, bearing witness to a great longevity.
Contrary to popular belief, wood is particularly fire-resistant. It displays very low conductivity when it burns. In the event of fire, a wooden structure will be more resistant than a concrete or a steel structure.
Wood is a clean material which plays a role in the comfort of a dwelling. The atmosphere in a timber house is drier, which is better for health and plays a role in reducing the risk of allergies. Very good acoustics are obtained through high-performance technical solutions.
Out of the materials used in building, only wood is a renewable material, when it is used in a sustainable way (PEFC, FSC etc. labels). The use of wood in solid walls also enable CO2 to be sequestered in the wood, cancelling the energy impact necessary to manufacture materials, an impact already minimal compared to concrete. We have learned from an overall analysis of the life-cycle of timber houses that the impact on global warming can be reduced by 17.2% by building using timber…
Timber houses display an excellent carbon footprint. This is all the more true for timber structures developed by Stabilame which uses local suppliers and prefers short cycles. Production from timber building systems also generates 100%-recyclable waste. The energy bill to produce, process and transport timber bears no comparison to the costs for other building materials. Wood offers everyone who is concerned about the environment the possibility of matching their environmental values with their living space.