Why a wooden house may be just what you need?
Almost everyone searches for their dream house, but very few find it and get to own it. One may think that wooden houses, also called in French maison en bois, are exclusively for the celebrities living in Hollywood and wrongfully dismiss all the benefits it can bring to any one individual.
You probably never looked at wood in this way, but, for one, this material is the best when it comes to insulation. The walls of wooden houses, also called maison en bois, insulate much better than other construction materials, therefore being thinner, as a result. This makes the house 10-15% more spacious, as opposed to one built from brick or concrete on the same surface.
When looking for that perfect house, if one has a family, one takes into consideration what schools are in the area, how safe is the neighborhood, etc. However, many forget that buying a wooden house is a safer choice and may possibily save their and their family’s life, in case of an earthquake.
It is widely known that the most secure constructions are skyscrapers and wooden buildings. Unless one plans to live in a skyscraper, a house made from wood is the best of the lot. To resist a big earthquake, a wooden house should have shear walls made from plywood to overcome side-to-side forces.
Also, the frame of the house should be bolted to the foundation in order for the house not to detach and fly off. The upper floors and roofs should be firmly fastened to the floors below too. All of these details make for a very resistant home in case of earthquakes which for others would mean complete catastrophe.
Although one may be pleased to be safe from earthquakes, especially if living in an area prone to this, one may probably think that wooden houses are less safe when it comes to fires. This is true for houses built in the past and presently when there are no substances used for this purpose. A wooden house can be made as safe as any other if treated with anti-fire substances.
However, this kind of danger cannot be completely eliminated, as any kind of house can burn down if the fire is big enough. Because of this, many choose to leave the wood as is, another reason being that, if treated as such, the wood will no longer be able to respire. Consequently, classical methods may be used instead, like fire alarms and extinguishers.
The purchasing or building of a wooden house easily makes you a good, caring citizen. Why? This kind of house is very eco-friendly. How? Energy consumption is much less. Private residences are the biggest consumers of energy today. The most energy consumed is for heating the space and water. Wood is a natural material which attenuates changes in humidity and acts as an absorbant between dry and humid air.
Other than that, wood is much healthier for the people living in such a house. The wood releases about 23% less of polluting substances than steel and concrete. This means better air, better lungs and ultimately, a longer life.