The only downside to a wooden house –it sounds too good to be true. Some time ago we made up our minds. Folkhem will only build houses made of wood. The decision was easy. Wood is simply the best building material there is. This includes everything from construction time to acoustics. And best of all is that wooden houses are outstanding from an environmental point of view, both in the short and long term.
During house construction more carbon dioxide is released in the production phase than in all the years that the house is used. Yet, regulatory and environmental discussions focus almost exclusively on use.
Recently, Folkhem built Sweden’s highest-ever wooden house in the city of Sundbyberg, eight floors. We receive study visits there almost every day. People come from all over the world to see and listen to our experiences. They include engineers, politicians, condo buyers, researchers, school groups, architects, and all sorts of curious people.
Before they return home they almost all ask the same question: why are not more houses built of pure wood? Why are all these houses made of concrete and mixed materials? We don’t know. The only drawback with wooden houses is that the benefits sound too good to be true. (Example: With current growth rates in Swedish forests, it only takes one minute to cultivate an eight-story building.)
Can it really be so fantastically good? We have come up with ten facts to begin with. Read these with a critical eye. Find out more for yourself. Create your own view. But promise us not to dismiss an argument just because it "sounds too good to be true". How can building a house, for example, provide a carbon footprint that is less than zero? Minus a thousand tons only in the production phase?!
Yes, we told you so. It sounds unlikely. But it is true.