When thinking about wooden houses, the first thing everybody should know is that not every house that uses wood as a construction material is or may be a final dwelling-place, with features recommended by current standards.
We have become too accustomed, in recent years, to hear that if we do not have enough money to build a traditional brick houses, we can choose the much cheaper alternative: a wooden frame home! Now, this is wrong! All wrong!
Of course, we have seen variants of houses (wooden structure), which are in fact – the wooden sheds of our grandparents made from wooden beams, 8 or 10 cm thick, covered with the modern OSB and classic outdoor polystyrene, connected to utilities in which wall and floor tiles are installed.
But unfortunately, these buildings are not by any circumstances the modern timber frame homes that are being built all over Europe. The wall of a timber frame home that meets the European standards is 9 times more effective than a traditional house wall! A modern wooden house or a maison en bois (in French), is built in Europe not as an alternative to a traditional house but a modern version of a habitat which is desired to be closer to nature, more environmentally friendly and consume less energy for both maintenance and the building process itself.
So far these are the also the principles governing the ecokit france maison en bois and the solutions offered by us are high quality homes without compromising quality. Everybody is most welcomed to convince themselves accessing our page: Ecokitfrance.com and if language is a barrier allow the images to speak for themselves. Essentially, constructions made of wood have a multitude of advantages, starting with lower costs, shorter implementation period compared to traditional building systems and continue with increased thermal efficiency and noise.
A solid wood wall, 20 cm thick has the same degree of isolation as a1 m brick wall and a wooden board with a surface density of 15 to 20 kg/m2 can maintain a sound insulation of 24 to 26 dB. Wood, having the peculiar feature of ventilating itself and that of creating a healthy and intimate ambience are other significant advantages of wooden houses.
Solid wood logs have the ability to absorb heat and release it when the temperature drops inside, helping to regulate the temperature in the house thus, reducing energy consumption. Timber frame houses are healthy because they “breathe” and a solid wood wall, 20 cm thick, for example shows the same degree of isolation as a 1 m brick wall.
For these houses to maintain their ecological character is fully necessary that all components and materials used in woodworking and finishes should be as natural as possible. Thus, it is ideal the windows (double glazing) to be of wood, the exterior insulation to be made with wood-based material, the interior with mineral wool (organic material obtained directly from natural raw materials) or other green solutions (cellulose, hemp, wool), to have ceramic roof tiles and a stone foundation.
Exterior plasters and paints should allow the passage of water vapors (recommended are those based on lime) and interior finishes (paints, varnishes,..) should be water-based or organic compounds.
The ideal is that the interior decorations and layouts to be also based on natural materials (doors, floors, wooden furniture, fabrics of flax, cotton, etc..)