ECOLOGICAL MATERIALS

Ecoframe Concept

All the materials we use are ecological,
mostly wood-based.
Needless to say, there is no plastic used in
Ecoframe houses.
The timber-frame wood is sourced from local, sustainable forests.

 

These are key examples, as a full list would be too long. As always we are open to customer wishes.

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WOOD

Wood is a renewable resource and in its basic form makes up a large percentage of an ecoframe house.
Examples include studs, outer paneling, inner paneling, spacers, and skirting.

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OSB

Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is produced by pressing small pieces of wood together. It uses almost any wood and produces a hard, strong board. We use M1certified eco-boards produced without formaldehyde. OSB Board is mostly used in the construction, but may also provide inexpensive surfaces, eg in ceilings.

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INSULATION

We use blown insulation, either made from paper, or wood. Paper-based is the cheapest but contains relatively much salt as retardent. On the other hand, Ehta's wood chips are 100% wood but slightly less insulation value. The middle road, also in terms of cost, is Hunton's wood fiber.

Of course, even more materials are needed for a whole house, but this gives a good overview. We are always open to customer wishes and suggestions.

 
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WINDPROOF

We use wood-fiber weatherboards as the outer skin of the insulated volume of the house. The boards are taped and provide a complete windtight skin around the house.

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FIBREBOARD

Fermacells fiberboard, pressed from fiber and lime, is a more ecological alternative to gypsum-board that we use for inner walls. It is much denser, thus providing better sound and fire resistance and only requires a single layer.

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BEAMS

We source saw, and plane all posts and beams needed for the timber-frame part of an Ecoframe house.
The wood is sourced from local farmers who practice sustainable forestry. The wood, usually 20x20 cm, is dried for a year before further use.

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CLAY FINISH

Among other finishes, we use clay, which can be rendered straight onto the Fermacell fiberboards, given a lovely natural finish.

Clay can be used as a paint or a one or two-layer plaster of different coarseness. Clay comes in many colors and shades.

NEXT STEPS

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TIMBERFRAME

The heart of an Ecoframe house

PROCESS

All the steps from idea to moving in.