Building with Wood
At BoKlok, we manufacture all of our homes using wood as the key material. It’s the most sustainable building material, with the lowest carbon emissions, compared to others.
The majority of the wood used in building our homes comes from Scandinavia.
Building with wood has several advantages. Wood is a strong and at the same time a light material, which means that we produce lower emissions when transporting the homes from our factory.
In addition, wood is a renewable and natural resource. For us, this means that our houses have significantly lower climate impact than the typical, newly built house. We are convinced that wood is an important part of the transition to a more sustainable construction industry.
''Building with wood has several benefits, not just for the environment and the climate. Wood is a strong and at the same time light and flexible material that is very well suited for industrial construction in factories. The low weight means that the emissions from the transports are lower than transports of prefabricated parts of heavier materials. The low weight of wood also means that we can use less concrete in our house foundations, which further reduces our climate impact.''
Jenny Adholm, Head of Sustainability at BoKlok.
What happens to the forest?
The majority of the wood used to build our homes is sourced from Scandinavia. In BoKlok’s country of origin, Sweden, 70% of the land is covered by forest. It is an area that corresponds to the entire area of Great Britain. In less than a hundred years, Sweden's forest assets have doubled. The forest grows by more than 120 million cubic meters every year, but only 75% of the growth is harvested. For every tree that is felled in Sweden, three new ones are planted. As felling is less than growth, forest volume continues to increase.
Aren't houses built of wood more flammable?
All building materials, regardless of type, are subject to the same stringent fire safety requirements. This means that our houses, built with a wooden frame, meet exactly the same fire safety requirements as buildings made of other materials. This means that if you buy a BoKlok home, you can feel confident that you will get a home, which meets the same fire safety requirements as homes built using other building materials.
How is wood affected by water and moisture?
An important factor in all construction is to build in a dry environment. We build our homes indoors in a factory. There we can maintain a high and consistent quality with the help of efficient and well-established processes. By building indoors, we protect the houses from the weather. When the houses are ready, they are securely packaged and transported as modules to site, where they are assembled into a finished residential building. The weather proof packaging is removed just before the modules are lifted into place, which reduces the risk of damage by rain. If the weather is bad, we will wait to assemble.
What about inside the homes?
Within the homes, in the bathrooms and en-suites we use non-organic sheets with a fibreglass finish that are more resistant to moisture and mould than ordinary plasterboard, before tiling.
How does wood affect the sound level at home?
Our homes fully comply with building regulations from an acoustic perspective. In addition, each BoKlok apartment/house is a separate unit, with two insulated separating walls and an air gap in between, which are built with sound attenuating products. Therefore, we can among other things, minimise the sound transmission between the homes.
How do our homes compare with standard building regulations?
In the UK, new homes are built to comply with Building Regulations as standard. We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve the product for our customers and the environment, by going above and beyond the standard requirements of the building regulations.
One of the ways we do this is by offering considerably more energy saving benefits. We do this by using a combination of air tightness and efficient heating, using air source heat pumps as well as insulation within the structure.
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Where are BoKlok homes built?
Our houses in the UK are manufactured by TopHat, a technology-driven modular housing manufacturer. Constructed in their factory in Derby, the houses are then transported to site, where any final fixings are completed.
Our apartments are manufactured by Harmet and are built in Estonia. The modules are then transported to the UK by ferry. Only trucks with an emission class of EURO 5 or higher are used to transport the modules by road. When transported across the sea, only ferries using low-sulphur fuels are used, to minimize the climate impact.
Why are you manufacturing your homes in a factory?
By manufacturing our homes in a factory, we can be really efficient, reduce unnecessary costs and protect our homes from adverse weather. We complete up to 90% of the homes in the factory, with the remaining 10% completed on the construction site. We call it modern and innovative construction, although we have been doing it for over 25 years!
How do you demonstrate your commitment to sustainability?
Sustainability permeates our entire business, from material selection through to how we work on site. Our goal is to become climate neutral by 2030, and we will achieve this by thinking sustainably throughout the value chain and in all our processes. We don't just build homes; we build sustainable communities. For us, it is important to create something long-term for those who are going to live there.
Which material do you use?
At BoKlok we build all our homes in wood. It is the material that has the lowest carbon footprint of all building materials, which means that our houses have significantly lower climate impact than the average newly built house. We are convinced that wood is an important part of the transition to a sustainable construction industry.