Research and Development Institute of Forests and Wood Manufacturing (MeKa), technical laboratory manager
The cleanliness of the place around us, leave a positive impact on human health and emotional background, therefore, we have made an article about natural cleaning products for your house! We prepared some recommendations on how natural ingredients will help you in daily cleaning work.
Did you know that cleansers can be gentle towards your home, your beloved ones and environment?
The morning sun rays are so warm, clear light falls on the desk and the room is filled with a cosy sunset; this is exactly why windows are so important in the construction of a building. There is a saying that windows are the eyes of a building, thus – one of the most important parts in building construction is how you choose the most appropriate window solution for your home. This time we will have a look at the properties of wooden windows, find out why they are worth choosing, and what we can do to help them serve for up to 100 years.
DORES log house in a picturesque town Turaida in Latvia. A family home, finished this spring, inhabited by a lovely couple who most of all about their house love its big terrace, spacious and bright living room, sauna and a cosy kitchen where even washing dishes is a great pleasure.
Project architect: Mikus Zaķis
The assembly of Dores most exciting project has started! Eagerly awaited, carefully planned and particularly cherished the Dore’s wooden house in Switzerland is being developed in a close cooperation with its owner engineer Max. As the house is located high in Swiss mountains, assembly becomes an adventure and the only way how to carry logs to the building site is by a helicopter. Take a look at the very begging of its assembly!
Wood as a material is essentially everlasting; for instance, an 800-year-old wooden church in Norway serves as a living proof. In order to ensure that this living material serves well, one must understand it and know how to take care of a wooden house. Edgars tells about longevity of wooden houses and wood finishing solutions.
Dores Factory was recently the first company in Latvia to try out the new online self-assessment tool called Responsible Business Evaluation. Previously a sustainability assessment index was available only for larger companies, however, now also smaller businesses can use the tool to evaluate their level of sustainability. Dores was praised for its foresight, determination and awareness.
“I’ve seen people come into my buildings and hug wooden columns. I’ve never seen them hug steel or concrete columns.”
Michael Green, architect,
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When building a home, future homeowners have to take a number of decisions – from choosing the materials for the construction of the building to furnishing it. Our expert on ecological lifestyle highlights what should be taken in consideration when making choices for your future home to be sure that you’ve chosen sustainable building materials.
The beginning of the year marked a release of a new book, “A Latvian’s home”. The author of the book, Janīna Kursīte, is well known in Latvia as a literature specialist, folklorist, linguist and a writer. Apart from being passionate about language and the written word, she is also passionate about wooden architecture and wooden houses. Since 1999 the writer has gone on many expeditions near and far; her travels have led her to homes of Latvians in Russia, Belarus and the West.
When hearing of house fires, people automatically associate them with wooden houses. Edgars Bukšāns, the technical laboratory manager of Research and Development Institute of Forests and Wood Manufacturing (MeKa), explains how safe is wood and that the construction material makes little difference when acting recklessly.
Dores Factory was exploring the east this February, taking part in “Eco House & Eco Building Expo” in Tokyo, Japan. To find out more about the importance of a home and traditions in this distant land we engaged in a conversation with the first Ambassador of Latvia in Japan Pēteris Vaivars and his wife Rina.