Environmentally friendly and healthier accommodation
Wood is a renewable natural resource and it is actually the only construction material with legal origin and sustainable production that can be certified. Throughout their life cycle, wooden houses cause significantly less climatic and environmental harm than similar concrete, steel or brick houses. Therefore, the use of wood in construction curbs climate change.
Log is durable and environmentally friendly, so it is excellent for the construction of detached homes, holiday homes and public buildings. A log wall binds carbon ten times the amount compared to the amount released during production, and sawdust and wood chips that are formed as side products during the production of logs produce more energy than what is consumed in the production of logs.
A log home is also long-lasting and environmentally friendly as a place of residence. A log-structured wall reduces the need for heating and cooling, since the logs balance the temperature differences of the building – it remains warm in the winter and in the summer, the breathing structure keeps the indoor air suitably cool. The durability of the wood material to be used has been tested in the harsh climate conditions of Finland, in both dryness, rain and winter frosts.
In addition to log being an environmentally friendly material, its other benefits include breathability and moisture-engineering safety, durability, allergy-friendliness and healthiness as well as naturalness.
Log homes have excellent indoor air
A log home has been proven in several studies to be allergy-friendly due to its excellent indoor air! Good air quality in log homes is based on wood’s ability to transfer and bind moisture in the wall and away from the wall. Log surfaces bind moisture as the humidity of indoor air increases, and respectively transfers it when the indoor air dries. In this way the variations of indoor air humidity are reduced, and the air quality improves. The small cracks on the surface of the wood are also significant. They increase the surface area, through which the wood binds moisture to itself and also releases it.
A solid log wall without additional insulation does not contain layers, where moisture can accumulate inside the wall structure. According to studies, a laminated log wall also (alongside planed log walls) operate in a reliable moisture-engineering manner both during hot summer days and freezing winter conditions, since the glue seams will allow water steam to penetrate where necessary. The construction of a log home or villa is, therefore, a good option in terms of moisture engineering.
The atmosphere of a log home and log villa is also relaxed and it has been proven to have a calming effect. Studies show that wood surfaces promote recovery from illnesses, reduce stress and improve mood. Studies have also shown that the wood surfaces of indoor spaces calm the body, lower blood pressure and pulse rates. As a building material, wood is warm, cosy and calming.