Health

A Healthy Home Starts with Natural Construction Materials

Gesundheit

According to a representative survey, happiness, for most Canadians, is based on their own health and that of their family. A lot of attention is paid to balanced nutrition, exercise, safe cars and creating healthy living spaces.

There are many arguments for the construction of a wooden house. The two most crucial reasons for you and your family should be health and quality of life.

Living in a healthy, natural environment brings a restful balance. Noise, stress and the hectic pace of everyday life detract from this balance.

For this reason alone, more and more people who are planning a new home are putting their trust in natural, wooden houses to create this environment. The biggest impact on your health is the type of building materials used. We use only ecologically viable and medically safe products in the construction of our homes from the foundations up through the walls, insulation and finishes right up to the roofing and final touches.  We never use synthetics for construction, insulation or finishing materials.

Due to the large percentage of prefabricated elements, a PTW wooden house can be on site and set up quickly avoiding the normal issues such as wind, rain or snow. Therefore, it is ready to be heated and lived in immediately after completion without health concerns. These claims can not be met by regular stick-frame, brick or concrete buildings.

Upon entering our homes, you will feel the unique atmosphere. The breathable materials in our homes, such as wood, hemp, flax and cellulose insulation and organic finishes provide for a healthy living environment and a high comfort factor without the unpleasant contradictions of humid and dry cycles.  Furthermore, our homes feel cool in the summer and warm in the winter months.  The noticeable radiant heat from the wood surfaces creates a comfortable living space and also conveys a sense of security and well-being.

A healthy home should include pollution-free, quality furniture manufactured from renewable, local materials. Furniture often follows fashion trends and is usually made by mass production, often of poor quality, low durability materials.  Whether hand-made custom furniture from a cabinet shop or a furniture store, you should use the same principles as you would for biologically sound construction.

Protect yourself and the environment.
Furniture made ​​of particle board or MDF board should be avoided because of off-gassing of formaldehyde. Coatings of plastic instead of wood veneer affect the environment not only in manufacturing but also in the disposal. Natural oils or wax-created finishes on solid wood furniture not only brings the advantage of a natural look, but also better protection. Try not to use paints if possible in order to avoid chemicals in manufacturing, long transport routes and the associated impacts on the environment. The best choice is still native wood. Before buying wood furniture ask and insist on wood from the Forest Stewardship Council.