Timber frames, buildt to last.
A timber frame house is the most sustainable form of construction, as it benefits from the lowest embodied C02 of any building material, as well as being organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable. Research has shown that even imported timber has a significantly lower carbon footprint than other mainstream methods of construction as monolith buildings and houses made of SIP-panels. We use pine wood that has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial substances. In a growing tree these give it resistance to moisture, fungi and insects. This is very important in areas with much moisture and changing weather conditions. To reduce the CO2 footprint EU now emphasize the use of wood in buildings across Europe, read more and in France read more
We use only CE certified wood from the strength class C24/30, EN 338 Structural timber – This European Standard establishes a system of strength classes for general use in design codes. It gives characteristic strength and stiffness properties and density values for each class to which EN 14081-1 refers. This standard is applicable to all softwood and hardwood timber for structural use where C16 is the weakest and C30 ( Wooden Glue Beams) is the strongest. We use Wooden glue beams in our support construction.
Low Energy Buildings, LEB
Our Norwegian build standard TEK17 and the general NS 3700 Standard for LEB / also referred to as nZEB nearly Zero Energy Buildings, is one of the worlds strictest building requirements / standard for wooden frames and complies with all of Europes LEB standards, in French BBC Bâtiments Basse Consommation and RT2020, Germany, Switzerland Minergie, Britain and Germanys nZEB standards and is characterized by an energy-efficient design and technical features which enable it to provide high living standards and comfort with low energy consumption and carbon emissions. The EU member states will now have to emphasize the use of wood materials in construction, to lower the total CO2 footprint and houses built from 2023 will have to be a Low Energy Building by law in able to use and/or rent it out. With smart and efficient energy sources our builds is prepared to meet 2030 when Zero Emission Builds (ZEB) will be the new standard.
TEK17 and U-value properties.
Regarding the goal of ZEB, the first goal is an improved energy efficiency. This is usually achieved by improving the energy performance of the building envelope, for example by increasing the thermal insulation, done by increasing the dimension of the wooden frame, which also means thicker walls and roof constructions and by improving the air tightness of the building envelope to decrease the building heating needs. Windows / Doors and also Thermal-Bridges has to have a lower U-value to reach a completely net Zero Energy Building ZEB.
Wooden frame compared to other types of buildings.
SIP-panels is a rather new technology compared to wooden frames, but a very popular method in Britain and the USA, it started back in Wisconsin in the 1930s and became popular in the 1970s, it is a very simple and effective way of building but has some serious concerns regarding poor ventilation, moisture damages and the lack of future modification opportunities, all these 3 crucial points are lacking in a timber frame construction. Another selling point for the advocates of SIP-panels is that it is stronger than timber frames, but the dimensions of the timber frames used in todays buildings is much higher and can withstand snow loads of over 1 tonns per m2, so this is not and argument for SIP-panels any longer. Its also less expensive to build wooden frame elements. Also the CO2 footprint is lower using wooden frames and this is something of high importance in the new EU requirements for all new buildings and keeping up with the goals of Zero Emissions Buildings, ZEB. There is hardly any country in Europe with more wind, snow and changing weather conditions in Europe than in Norway, where only wooden frame buildings is used and hardly no one uses Monolith buildings anymore and SIP- panels is unheard off. A monolith building has a very high CO2 footprint, not so cost effective, it has to be built onsite, its heavy and its also more prone to damages due to Seismic activities.
Materials from well known manufacturers
Below you find the companies we use to give you your new home.
Wooden construction materials from JAF, Austria
Facade wooden cladding from LunaWood, Finland
Windows and sliding doors from Rehau, Switzerland
Fittings, downpipes and gutters from Lindab, Sweden
Before you can receive anything from us, we will calculate and create foundation drawings for you, which are used by local contractors to prepare foundations before our delivery arrives at the site where the building is to be built. We also will deliver drawings of the ground beam that must be installed on the foundation before the construction begins.
This is how our buildings are assembled.
Our production step by step
Simply put, we want to build and grow by giving you our best residentails and holiday homes possible, that’s why its important to be in front at the same time taking care of core values and traditions that’s taken years to evolve. Our builds is a result of this.
Below is a technical description of the production of our elements. This may wary according to the location and altitude of your plot.
Our wall elements is made of 145/195 x 45 mm studs and comes finished insulated with vapour barrier mounted inside with 45×45 mm wooden barge. On the outside green boards followed by Tyvek / Ampatop house wrap that prevents condensation and water into the building. 30×45 mm wooden barge makes the Airgap that further prevents moisture and condense in the building.
Our roof elements connects to the wall elements and is made of 195/ 245 x 45 mm studs and comes finished insulated with vapour barrier mounted inside with 45×45 mm wooden barge. On the outside OSB 22 mm followed by Tyvek / Ampatop house wrap that prevents condensation and water into the building. 30×45 mm wooden barge makes the Airgap that further prevents moisture and condense in the building.
Floor divider elements
Our floor dividers is made of I-joist beams of 200 and up to 300 mm with 22 mm OSB followed by underlay and parquet / laminat, at the bottom 45x 25/45 mm barge followed by drywalls.
The support construction and specially the horisontal beam is in most of our builds a wooden glue beam, but can also be hidden inside the elements with an IPE or HEB steel beam depending on the location, altitude, wind and snow load.
Calulations of construction
We do static calculations for all our projects and make sure the constructions is according to prevailing snow and wind loads in the area / climate zone. We ensure your home is durable thanks to these calculations. Thanks to our calculations you can rest assure that your local construction engineers can review and approve the project.
The Benefits of wooden architecture.
We emphasize that using wood as the main construction in our buildings gives our customers a comfortable natural home and since it also gives no reverberation it results in a relaxed atmosphere enchanting a healthy lifestyle.