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Belarusian-European Pine for Building Wooden Houses




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Belarusian Pine is an excellent building material. Pine timber is very welcomed as a building material for ages. It is not a surprise that pine is chosen for this purpose

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First of all its very strong. It can grow to decent thickness very fast. It can be used in different humidity options.

Insulation

Softwood has about 10 times the thermal insulating ability of concrete and masonry


Here as pictured and translated from Russian 230 mm timbers isolation quality equals to 560 mm ceramical beton and 1150 brick structure.

Energy Saving

In colder climates, the electric energy consumption of modern wood frame homes is:
  • 9.43% lower than that of light steel house; and
  • 10.92% lower than that of concrete houses.
Green

More specifically, their results showed that the production of structural wood materials used in a wood frame buildings consumes:
  • 28% less energy and 39% less water than equivalent materials used in a steel structures; and
  • 45% less energy and 46% less water than equivalent materials used in concrete structures.
Hygiene

Phytoncides are antimicrobial allelochemic organic compounds dervied from various plants.
Cedar, garlic, locust, oak, onion, pine, tea tree and spices include these plants.

Pine tree is famous for its resistance and its repelling feature against instects and bugs.

Calming Effect of Pine Wood

It was scientifically proven that pine wood releases partical which has calming effect on living beings. The test was conducted on mice and their brain waves seemed to be have differed while exposed to pine wood environment. They felt more relaxed and less under stress.

Strength Durability

Pine is also choosen because of its strength and durability. Thick pine blocks can be maintained every 10 years unlike old type of wooden houses which you need to check for every couple years or paint them.

Fire Safety

When comparing the fire safety of wood versus concrete or steel, wood is stronger than you might think. Although wood is a combustible material, a layer of char is created when it burns, and this helps to protect the wood and maintain the strength and structural integrity of the wood inside. For this reason a heavy timber will stand longer than a comparable steel beam which will melt from the heat before the timber burns through.

Moisture Control

It is a common misconception that water is woods enemy. In fact, many wood buildings exist in rainy and humid places – it’s simply a matter of knowing how to manage and design for water in buildings.

Wood and water are typically very compatible – wood can absorb and release large quantities of moisture without problems, and it’s only when wood gets too wet for too long that problems can arise. If buildings are properly constructed to shed water, wood performs well as a structural building material in all types of climates.

Health Comfort

Wood generates positive feelings in humans. It also helps make a building more comfortable by naturally stabilizing indoor humidity. During times of high humidity, it absorbs moisture; during dry periods, it releases moisture into the air. This will create a soothing effect.

Research has found that interior wood paneling can reduce peak moisture loads in a typical home by 10-25%, making it more comfortable and reducing the need for air conditioning and ventilation. Wood floors, walls and roof contribute to better air quality as the accumulation of dust and microbes can be reduced through regular sweeping, mopping and vacuuming.




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