Ideologist and creator of Dores Factory Egons Garklavs tells his recent observations in global construction trends that people are returning to wooden houses.
This fact brings joy to Dores Factory because we have always believed that wood is the most suitable material for creating a pleasant living environment. More and more people discover new appreciation for traditions, life in a healthy environment and a thoughtful attitude towards earth. It is challenging to think of a material that would be more suitable for man and the environment than wood. Only few places in the world historically did not use wood for building housing, but not because of laziness or that the material was deemed unworthy for the purpose – rather because the resource was scarce in the area; in such instances people used materials available at hand – stones, concrete, straw, clay and even snow! Nowadays, as the world is growing smaller and all information is readily available at one’s fingertips, timber is witnessing a second coming as the preferred construction material. A wooden house lives with its inhabitants – it ages with them through thick and thin. People are relearning that wood is the logical choice for building a home. Up-to-date knowledge and innovations have allowed perfecting the use of wood in construction. As it can be concluded from visiting different architecture fairs all across the world, wood has effectively replaced other popular heat insulation materials, such as the commonly used mineral wool, foam polymers, etc.
Living in a wooden house has a positive impact on one’s health and overall well-being. The wood ensures natural indoor thermoregulation regardless of the season of the year. Wood is the only construction material that has natural climate control qualities. In summer months the house remains pleasantly cool as the wood collects the energy from the sun, which prevents the heat from entering the rooms. During winter months the wood has excellent heat insulation properties, which retains the heat in the rooms. Another excellent quality of wood as the primary construction material is its natural ability to maintain the ideal indoor humidity levels; the quality of air is largely dependent on humidity level. The timber creates a balance in the moisture levels – when the humidity is high, the timber absorbs the moisture, but once the humidity is low and the air has become dry, the timber releases the moisture absorbed. In nature swamps fulfil the same function – they act as a “sponge”, giving waters to creeks, brooks and groundwater. If the indoor humidity level of the air is within norms, it does not create static electricity, dust or bacteria that cause allergic reactions or respiratory diseases. Research shows that poor quality air increases the possibility of getting sick up to 75 times! Our customers have often told us that they have stopped suffering from headaches or allergies since moving in a wooden home. Wood is a friendly and caring material.
Ecology is the interaction of the material, humans, the environment and the non-renewable natural resources used in the production of the material: the energy consumption for producing timber is by 50% lesser than energy consumption for producing concrete, and by 80% lesser than energy consumption for manufacturing bricks. A wooden house acts as a CO2 depository – it preserves the carbon that the tree absorbed with the carbon dioxide as it was growing. As long as the wood is used as a construction material, it does not release the CO2 back in the environment, minimizing the harm caused to global ecology. The construction of a wooden house is environmentally conscious, but it does not mean that the lifespan of a wooden house is shorter. With a proper maintenance the house will proudly stand for centuries, and it will not pollute the environment after its time.
We are greatly satisfied and happy to be taking part in the rediscovery of wood in housing, sharing our vision, experience and knowledge. Dores Factory is constantly discovering new and innovative solutions that ensure the synthesis of traditional and modern architecture, demand for energy resources and global ecology. You can learn more about the energy-efficiency of Dores’ wooden houses in a unique research project run by a group of scientists testing a Dores’ house at the Riga Botanical Gardens. The energy-efficiency and heat insulation indexes for Dores’ log houses are outstanding, but there is no formula for calculating how pleasant it is to enter a wooden house. We constantly receive positive emotions from our clients. One could almost say that wooden homes make people better.