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Why Build with Wood100?

The reasons are many

This major structural building system, based on ancient construction techniques, using state-of-the-art technology, and with a totally sustainable source of material as its basic ingredient - and produced off the grid no less - is truly the ultimate cradle to cradle product.

Benefits of Wood100® DLT Building Method

We focus on being the healthiest, most sustainable home, however there are many benefits that come from adopting Wood100® DLT as your building method of choice.

A sustainable home

Construction is a major contributor to waste and everyone in the industry needs to be more responsible in the products they are leaving for future generations to manage, live with and dispose of. Our 100% Wood DLT is a completely clean, truly cradle-to-cradle product. It contains no glues or other chemicals making it 100% uncontaminated and therefore 100% recyclable wood. It can be disassembled and re-used or composted at the end of its life.

A truly green way of building

All wood used in a Wood100® home is harvested from sustainable forests. In European production the trees are cut during sap rest periods in the correct lunar phase, a tradition dating back thousands of years, which preserves against mould and insects. The wood in all Wood100® homes is always clean wood - at the end of its life everything in the house remains a recoverable raw material that can be recycled or used over and over again.

We make a stacked DLT product and a cross laminated DLT product (often stacked is used in ceiilngs and roofs and cross laminated on walls and floors) Our CLT is totally glue-free.  Most CLT products are not.

  • Wood100® is an example of cradle to cradle in its purest form. Wood100® actually has Gold Certification. The wood used is always clean wood - a valuable material for generations to come. It can be un-assembled, reused for other applications, or for fuel or compost with no environmental consequences. Wood is a carbon neutral product. (1 tonne of wood stores 1.8 tonnes of carbon). To ensure we lower carbon emissions we need to store as much of it in materials like wood and keep it there as long as possible.
  • Glued wood is automatically contaminated waste. In the manufacture of glued CLT there are many instances of off-cuts (such as window and door cut-outs) all of which are glue contaminated and therefore un-recyclable. Wood100®DLT is completely clean. It can be disassembled and reused, burned or composted. It is 100% recyclable wood. This is why it has a Gold Certification by Cradle to Cradle.
  • The energy consumption during manufacture of glued CLT is roughly 3.5 times higher than Wood100®DLT. The glued CLT production process results in much higher emissions than with Wood100®DLT. Infact Wood100® production uses a fraction of the energy compared with chemically processed wood (including OSB, glued CLT, Plywood etc ) clay bricks, cement and reinforced concrete.
  • The production of the solid wood blocks in the Wood100® factory in Austria is a lesson in real sustainability too - the factory recycles its waste wood in special clean-burn furnaces that, with supplemental solar panels, create more than enough electricity and heat to operate the facility and the head office. They actually produce more energy than they consume.
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A truly healthy home

With no off-gassing from glues or contamination from chemicals, 100% Wood DLT offers a significantly healthier indoor environment, particularly for those with allergies and hypersensitivity.

Biophilia is mentioned more and more in the building industry. Biophilia is the innate human instinct to connect with nature and other living beings. Biophilic design has been found to support cognitive function, physical health, and psychological well-being - no wonder we should be surrounded in natural solid wood.

A naturally healthy home

  • The pure and natural untreated wood results in much cleaner air in the home. The ability to breathe pollutant free air is a blessing for those with allergies.
  • The excellent air quality is also due in part to no off-gassing from insulation or artificial products used in the home's interior.
  • The wood naturally controls the moisture content of the air in the home. It stays at a relatively constant +50% humidity all year round - imagine no dry air in winter affecting your breathing and irritating your skin. These homes actually have a 50 year warranty against condensation.
  • Our Wood100®DLT regulates the indoor climate much better than glued CLT because moisture can be transferred freely between the entire wall system.
  • In a glued CLT product each glue layer reduces the breathability of the construction by up to 80%. Such reduced breathability causes condensation and poor air quality in the home.
  • Some of the adhesives in glued- CLT are highly toxic. Their use carries certain risks, especially for people with allergies and hyper-sensitivity. There is significant off-gassing from glued-CLT and some ingredients in the diisocyanate glues are carcinogenic. Wood100®DLT has no danger of off-gassing.
  • It has been scientifically proven that you sleep deeper in these solid wood homes. The heart beats quieter and slower and you awake better rested. Wood100® hotels in Europe have extremely high occupancy rates and repeat customers willing to advocate heavily to the sleep benefits.
  • Another pollutant in homes is actually sound. Effective sound proofing of course also improves quality of sleep. The solid wood mass of Wood100®DLT offers superior soundproofing than man-made materials.The quietest hotel in Europe is a Wood100® build (68 decibel)

An energy efficient home

Some key benefits for homeowners relate to DLT energy efficiency, especially in a world of rising utility costs. Crossed DLT has superior thermal insulation: almost double the R-value of any other solid wood product. This means that you can build a highly insulated wall in a similar thickness to that of a regular framed house (14”) to reach a U-value of 0.2. Both the high thermal mass and low conductivity of solid wood result in much smaller energy requirements for heating. As a result smaller heating systems are required.

An energy efficient home

  • The Wood100®DLT solid wood home has the world record for heat insulation in structural materials and therefore minimal operating costs. Energy price increases are much less of a worry to Wood100®DLT homeowners!
  • The R-values commonly used in Canada are by themselves not sufficient to calculate energy efficiency of a building. Wall systems with exactly the same R-values can perform dramatically differently. Recent tests of 3 wall systems with the same R values showed the superiority of Wood100®DLT. With the inside temperature set to 21C and the outside sitting at -10C the heat in the homes was turned off. Researchers waited to see how long it took for the inside temperature to fall to 0C. A passive stick-frame wall home took 41 hours. The home with brick and insulation took 259 hours and the Wood100®DLT home took 777 hours!
  • From the research above a Wood100®DLT home needs 1/3 of the heating system compared to a traditional framed home even if it has the same R-value.
  • There are Wood100®DLT homes that have no heating system at all! Rather they are passive solar, the heat emanating from the people in the home, the appliances and the thermal mass of the wood. It's like having air conditioning and heating systems with zero energy consumption. In the summer the home stays cool and in the winter it stays warm.
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A safe home

Wood100® DLT homes have withstood fires, flooding and earthquakes. The solid wooden block remains elastic and pliable through earthquakes. The solid wood shell in Wood100® DLT acts as a safety shield from high frequency radiation for the inside of the home. The home has top fire protection values because the solid blocks of wood do not burn but simply char on the outer surface.

A safe home

  • Wood100®DLT homes have withstood fires, flooding and earthquakes. The home has top fire protection values because the solid blocks of wood do not burn but simply char on the outer surface. Ceilings in Wood100®DLT homes perform better than concrete against fire.
  • Compared to glulam CLT there are no toxic fumes emitting from glues used. The glues in glulam CLT actually act as fire accelerators.
  • Wood contains no materials which are destroyed by water during floods.
  • The solid wooden block remains elastic and pliable through earthquakes. Temples in Japan over 1600 years old are wooden buildings with wooden pegs, just like Wood100®DLT. These buildings have outlasted storms and earthquakes proving the effectiveness of wood to wood connections and the solid wood construction. Infact Wood100®DLT homes have received the highest earthquake safety rating in Japan.

Design Flexibility

Building a Wood100® DLT home does not in any way restrict you to a certain style of home. Traditional, modern, urban or rural you design is limited only by the imagination or you or your architect.  Different exterior finished can be used: wood siding, metal, hemp, clay, stucco for an individual finish. You will see from the Gallery that a Wood100® home offers total design flexibility inside and out.

Speedy Construction

The solid Wood100® DLT panels are constructed off-site. When the site is ready they are delivered and assembled in as little as one day. That saves construction time and money. It's also reassuring when our Canadian weather makes it imperative to seal and protect the home as quickly as possible.

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