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Ecology

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Wood is the best natural sound-proofing and insulating material (9 times better than concrete), with natural cells that maintain constant temperature conditions. As a result, wooden walls do not absorb heat, minimizing energy loss.

Wood works as a carbon storage. An average size timber house consists of about 30-40 m3 of timber, which stores 32 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the environment. Wood is a natural and renewable source of energy and can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, if used instead of concrete, plastic and steel. By replacing one cubic meter of concrete with the same amount of timber, we can prevent about one ton of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere. With the necessary maintenance, a Finnish log house has an unlimited life span, while a concrete building lasts for 80 years at best. Bearing in mind that throughout the production of wood products less energy is required than for any other building material, we understand that a choice of a wood house is a choice of eco-lifestyle. Furthermore, our collaborating Finnish factory plants three new trees for every one that gets cut, ensuring the balance of the environment. The modern way that a log house is built, does not limit its design and size. Combined with the mechanical properties of the wood that makes the Finnish house fully earthquake resistant, it’s easy to understand why you should choose a Finnish Log House!

Health

Οικολογικά_ξύλινα_σπίτια_3 Wood is a natural, living, non toxic material. Choosing wood as a basic building material of your log home built by company, you are choosing a healthier lifestyle. Wood is the most friendly and warm material and thus, it fits easier than any other material in the space we live. It acts as a natural and biological controller of temperature and relative humidity of the air inside the building. As a result, we have interior comfort which is hardly affected by the outside weather conditions. It has been  proved that wood relaxes us and it has a positive effect on the human body and health. Moreover, the wooden Finnish house does not accumulate electrostatic energy, thus limiting dust, one of the most usual allergens and at the same time it maintains normal levels of air humidity inside the house, contributing to the prevention of respiratory diseases.  

Fire safety

A Finnish wooden house does not face a greater risk of fire than a conventional house. Numerous laboratory tests done in Finland (Technical Research Center of Finland – VTT) and in Europe, from public and private entities, have proven that the wood we use cannot be set on fire easily because it is a bad heat conductor and it is also a slow-burning material. Wood houses built by company actually have an advantage, compared to a reinforced concrete built house. For a concrete building, a fire with the extreme temperatures that develop causes irreversible damage to the concrete building – at 250 °C the damage has already began and at 400 °C the building has half of its original strength. Because of the high thermoconductancy of this type of construction, the extremely high temperatures quickly reach every part of the house and combined with the toxic gases produced by the burning pose a great threat to the residents who have difficulty in evacuating the building. On the contrary, a wooden house will only have limited damage. The flame starts at 270 °C, creating a carbon layer that protects the rest of the wood until it reaches 500 °C, where the carbon is destroyed. The parts of the house that have been damaged by the fire can either be cleaned up or replaced and the static adequacy of the building remains intact. Furthermore, wood does not transfer heat to the rest of the house and there are no toxic gases, facilitating the evacuation.

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