Architecture, living

Building with wood: The natural building material has many positive properties

cozy house with fireplace as a room divider wooden stairs stone wall parquet floor

The claim to feel completely at home at home is nothing new. Especially in the dark season, people like to make themselves comfortable at home. They pour tea, cuddle up in their favorite blanket, light a candle and sit in front of the television or pick up a book. All of this works in the rented apartment as well as in your own house. The latter also offers many other options for pleasant living all year round. Above all, the building material wood promises many positive properties for your own four walls.

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It’s easy to build a wooden house

Take around 30 cubic meters of spruce wood, several hundred tiles, a front door and a few windows, and lo and behold: the prefabricated wooden house is ready. Well, it’s not that simple after all. But the decision in favor of a prefabricated house actually offers two very fundamental advantages over other types of construction and many other advantages over the mostly very limited self-determined life in a rented apartment:

1. The house manufacturer, at best a quality provider of the Federal Association of German Prefabricated Buildings (BDF), on request, takes over all house construction work up to the turnkey home, which then only has to be moved into.

2. Prefabricated houses are built from the natural material wood. This contributes significantly to a pleasant indoor climate as well as to a very good energy efficiency and ecological balance of the new home.

Lately, therefore, a particularly large number of people have opted for an individual prefabricated wooden house. That can be done with these and many further advantages score with those interested in building. Across Germany, around every fifth newly approved one and two-family house is a prefabricated house. In some regions, especially in the south and southwest of the Federal Republic, it is already every third to fourth.

Prefabricated house wooden facade metal roof zinc roof terrace with barbecue

Prefabricated houses are made of wood

You can’t always tell from the outside or inside, but prefabricated houses are largely made of wood. The spruce is the most widely used tree in the prefabricated house industry: a manufacturer needs around ten spruces to build an average prefabricated house with 140 square meters of living space. It only takes 23 seconds, then this amount of wood has already grown back in German forests, because the principle of sustainability has been in place here for 300 years. The leading prefabricated house manufacturers undertake to only use wood from sustainable forestry. In doing so, they conserve natural resources and contribute to a healthy balance between people and the environment.

Comfortable with wooden parquet floor seating in cream. Access to the garden

Comfortable living in a prefabricated wooden house

Solid wooden furniture, a parquet floor, real wood panels on the wall and ceiling – all of this contributes to a pleasant room climate. In the prefabricated house, all wall, roof and ceiling elements are made of wood. Together with the furnishings made of real wood, comfortable living in a prefabricated house is all the better. The open-pored wood surface can absorb excess moisture from the room air and release it again when it is dry. As a result, the air humidity levels off at a beneficial level of 45 to 55 percent. But that is by no means all that wood has to offer. The natural material is also said to promote the reduction of environmental stress and to lower the pulse and blood pressure. Studies have these and more health-promoting effects already proven. The researchers attributed the positive effects of wood to the essential oils it contains. The digestion, the level of aggression, the ability to concentrate and the ability of the body to recover could also be positively influenced. It was also found that the natural material has an antibacterial effect and is antistatic. Dust is therefore not even attracted, and many germs cannot survive on wooden surfaces.

modern wooden prefabricated house with covered terrace lawn area outdoor lighting

Wood has charm

A natural and sustainable lifestyle is absolutely trendy today. The building and material wood is one of the oldest representatives of its kind. In evolutionary terms, a positive perception of the natural material is innate in humans. The presence of natural wood is usually perceived as pleasant before it has been consciously identified as the cause of well-being. Wood already influenced human life in the early geological ages and it is still omnipresent in everyday life today: as a material in the interior, as a material for kitchen utensils or musical instruments, as cellulose for paper or as a building material for very special houses.

It doesn’t matter that wood is very heterogeneous. It has individual structures, colors and grains. And even scratches and dents as well as knots and adhesions can – in proportion – contribute to the positive charisma. In contrast to artificial surfaces, wood is always perceived as “warm”, although the thermal conductivity is low and the natural insulation properties are therefore particularly good. Overall, wood is probably the most environmentally friendly material of all. When processing into houses, furniture and the like – compared to plastics or stone, for example – little energy is used. What is more, the wood even stores climate-damaging carbon in the long term, which means that not only a wooden prefabricated house, but also its owner can easily become an exemplary environmentalist.


Image 1: BDF / Haas prefabricated building

Image 2: BDF / Büdenbender house construction

Image 3: BDF / Keitel House

Image 4: BDF / Schwörer House

Photo 5: BDF / Beilharz House