Contrary to the prejudices expressed by many people who want to build a house, wooden constructions have no disadvantage compared to conventional construction (cellular concrete brick, classic brick). On the contrary, they have more advantages over the latter. Knowing all this Doxara, propose to go through the lines below, convinced that afterwards you consider wood as an option worthy of attention.

Wood Houses FAQs

Timber frame homes have a life expectancy lower than those of traditional materials (cellular concrete brick, classic brick) ?

A fundamental characteristic of wood is elasticity and durability. This combined with the fact that the material is treated against mold, micro-organisms and decay, the fact that the mount structure are made using special nails with the chemical bond and the assembly is reinforced for earthquakes with metal parts, in the spirit of the rules most demanding forms this type of houses have a life at least as high as those raised in traditional materials. in countries like Germany and Austria there are houses that have an age of over 100 years.

Wooden structure houses are not dangerous in case of earthquake?

The structure of these houses is conceived as a space frame system elastic, not levels of effort, all is balanced and uniform. Houses made in this system behaved very well and earthquakes grade 7-8 on the Richter scale, is virtually the safest system of known construction.
Every house have a strength resistance calculation, confirmed by authorized project inspectors, with all elements computer-designed, all in accordance with EUROCODE 5 and more before adopting Romanian regulations for houses in traditional systems (brick, concrete).

This type of houses are safe from fire, wood is a combustible material?

No doubt, the timber is a combustible but noticeable updates have occurred in the treatments of protection. The substances most commonly used fungicides treatments contain ingredients that act favorably and increase fire resistance. There acting substances and technologies specifically for this growing resistance.
In a country very careful to protect citizens: France, French insurance companies statistically confirmed that there had not been more fires in wooden houses against brick houses or other construction materials.

Note that the system we propose has the structure, wood plated with materials closure, OSB is considered flammable and inside, gypsum board have a heat transfer coefficient reduced contain mostly gypsum whose constituent water in 20% and it is free during the fire. Wood is typically treated by immersion (or vacuum and water) and protected with fire resistant plates. Wood remains apparently only the parapets of balconies, stairs or doors and windows joinery .

If the fire reaches the wooden structure, however, it found that the flame touched the wood is well protected by a layer of carbon is formed on the surface, good insulation a satisfactory time.
Returning to French insurance companies, it is emphasized that the insurance premium for a wooden house is the same as for a brick house. Fire rules (very severe) of the General Regulations for construction in France, do not make any distinction between the homes of brick and the wood ones.

HAUSBAU-Test magazine in 2003, one of the most prestigious magazines in Germany, confirmed that houses with wooden structure with standard treatments fall in the same fire resistance class with the brick. (F 30 B) and those that specially treated wood is reaching F 60, F 90 and even the F120! The F value shows the time in minutes to ignition of the house components.
We would point out that these special treatments and amenities application materials are available and Doxara has the necessary technology for their application.

I will have higher maintenance expenses in this house, there is the same thermal comfort like in the houses built of traditional materials?

The standard solution to achieve the outer walls (timber of 150 mm, OSB 12 mm, 150 mm mineral wool and facade polystyrene 50 mm) from the point of view of heat resistance, is similar to a brick wall thickness of 1.66 m plastered on both sides!
In the magazine HAUSBAU TEST mentioned above, we find adjoining brick houses, wood, liapor (a more efficient BCA), all performed by prestigious companies in the field.

An important point of analysis is the maximum annual energy consumption relative to each sq m of area inhabited accompanied by new regulations limiting broadcasts saving and C02 WSVO 2000. The maximum annual consumption for new houses allowed is 86 KW/m, regardless of the adopted constructive solutions.

Test result: brick houses, the average consumption is 70 kW / sq m / year and houses with wooden structure and solutions as described above is 54 kW / sq m / year. It is interesting that these brick houses are made by German regulatory having 45-50 cm thick walls of hollow ceramic blocks plus interleaved layers of 100-140 mm thick mineral wool.

These buildings have an exclusive rustic looking like holiday homes?

The answer is very clear: Modular houses with wooden structure and interior have absolutely identical appearance to that of houses made of masonry. In a neighborhood of villas, even for a specialist, it is impossible to trace which are brick houses and wooden structure!
The interior finishes are washable or wallpaper, carpet or flooring, tiles, ceramic tiles or coverings are steel sheet on the wooden etc.

The walls and ceilings are very straight and flat, the plaster is not necessary fixes. Finishing works can be executed by the client in-house.
If you are finishing a wood-paneled, can achieve a pronounced rustic character, if desired this clearly. Basically, we can achieve a similar appearance of wood houses rounded or straight, doubled the advantage of smooth interior walls and incorporating installations in walls and floors.

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