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In short, things would be like this: in the hot summer of 2012 , an old friend, a French monk named Jean Baptiste Robin, contacted us to build a wooden gazebo at Carbunari Monastry. Our team had managed to finish work in only 4 days, pro bono. However, we believe that it’s worth a little more time, even in virtual mode, at this place that we visited recently.
The monk Jean Baptiste came to Romania in 2001, after having lived in solitude in
the Pyrenees mountains, and after his relentless legs have walked on the lands of Africa. The Icon painter, Jean Baptiste wanted to know about the culture of Byzantium and so he ended up in Romania, inspired and by the visit of Pope John Paul the second. After he visited many places, he eventually settled in Blaj, foresees him to take special care in this space, lost in the Woods near “little Rome”. At that time, in that place there was only a church, built in the interwar period by a belgian monk, after the model of the Church of Banneux, where in 1933 it is said that the Holy Virgin appeared. The wooden construction was erected in 2004 in order to shelter the faithful that come in pilgrimage and who must pass the “Way of the cross”, a short and picturesque forest on the edge of the road where they find fourteen crosses, symbolizing the fourteen stops of Jesus Christ,entered in the tradition of the Church.
But what is the point of this wooden gazebo ? The monk Jean Baptise was caring for the realization of a pool of rainwater recovery, with an area of 16 square meters, located in front of the building. The gazebo is built on top of this pool and houses a copy of the statue of the Virgin Mary at Banneux, the entire ensemble will be completed by a stone fountain, from which pilgrims can quaint their thirst. We are convinced that the special craftmanship of the wood gazebo which we had the pleasure to buid will please the eyesight of the pilgrims that will visit this place.
How does the house off a wooden house builder look? Situated in Gheorgheni, Harghita County, this House belongs to the founder of Domus Carpatica and isn’t different in any way to the technical solutions chosen by other houses that we had raised. Maybe it’s just that extra attention was given by the owner to the insulation. The usable living surface is 200 m2 and the walls have the thickness of 160 mm, being plated with mineral wool, as well as the roof, whose panels have a thickness of 300 mm, and are made from lamellar girders .
Winters are heavy in the Giurgeu, but this House is prepared to offer all the comforts for the Boissy family . The beneficial effect of insulation with mineral wool is complemented by optimising windowed surfaces and positioning the house on the South/South-East axis and also by recycling the foul air which recovers 80% of the lost heat.
Average annual temperature inside the House is 23 degrees Celsius,in winter heating beeing realised by a woodburning central heating burner, which consume about 8 m3 firewood per season (a m3 is 50Euro).
The House is completed by a garage, inside which the winter temperature is maintained at 12 degrees and a sauna, which eagerly awaits the owners to put into operation.
Meanwhile “wooden house Boissy” is nearing completion, the shy start comes from Patrick’s vision of how a wooden house should look in Harghita, photos in the Gallery sheding light on the innovative technologies used to achieve his goal, namely building a House with a maximum energy efficiency.
House Chapuis – an affordable timber frame house.
The optimization of the cost of construction has served as a master word for the realization of this wooden frame house of post / beam type. The choice of the two-sided roof (+ extension) as well as the height of the ceiling for the RDC and the use of the under-slope for the floor contribute to obtaining a low cost per m² of habitable surface. Ideal for small budget!
Wooden house protects against external aggressors, cold, heat, wind, noise. The wood’s natural qualities guarantees an excellent settlement in terms of heat and humidity, assuring you a healthy indoor air, both in summer and winter.
Wood is a material that breathes, acting like a sponge: it absorbs moisture when it is in excess, keeping it moist when the air is too dry. Constantly maintaining a level of humidity of approximately 40%, a wooden house allows getting an indoor climate of the most comfortable.
Noise isolation plays an important role in the comfort offered by any habitat. Wooden houses are constructed in panels that combines different materials, which are very effective and in terms of sound insulation.
Due to its cellular structure that captures the air in small volumes, wood is a low conductor of heat, which means that it is a very good thermal insulation. Thus, the wood protects from both cold and heat. The same thickness, wood has a power of insulation six times greater than brick, ten times higher than concrete, 350 times greater than steel and 1,700 times higher than that of aluminium. A wooden wall with a thickness of only 16 cm has the same properties of insulating than a brick wall of 1 meter thick.
These qualities of thermal insulation of wood allow substantial savings in heating the House, up to 40% of the usual amount of the monthly bill. The same thermal insulation, the thickness of the walls of a House of wood will be smaller, allowing to obtain more space. Providing a thermal comfort regardless of the season, wooden houses and the European programmes respond to the needs of encouraging energy savings.
With the exception of the Foundation, a House with wooden bones does not need time to dry up, and the construction is held surprisingly quickly. What normally would be called, in case our wooden panels and roof, as you can see here, in the workshop, and a “construction site” for a smaller project can be completed in just a few days. Compare this situation with a construction site which lasts, on average four months, generating a lot of waste, noise and disturbance.
Its characteristics allow the use of wood as a building material in any project, encouraging the creativity of architects. Wooden constructions can evolve without difficulty, amenities and subsequent expansions being facile. As a figure of speech, of course, we can say that nothing is beaten in stone in case of wooden houses …
Techniques of construction of wooden houses have been adapted to the needs of architects, economists , energy specialists and end users, guaranteeing a duration of use from them. A wooden house is five times lighter than one built in a traditional way, requiring less material for Foundation can be raised and land softer.
Profile Bois Team can build your wooden façade according to your tastes and your needs.
We offer you a choice of several wood types: larch, fir , pine natural or painted,treated in autoclave etc.
Also we work with Cetris, a manufacturer of wooden panels, ideal for your home or local artisanal facades. A wide choice of panels with or without surface treatment is proposed.
For the insulation part, we trust Cedral, which is also a pro in the insulation. Innovation is to isolate your façade on the outside with panels of siding of the Cedral brand.
Profile wood will help you find the best solution for your facades with nice materials and a professional finish
Who we are – the home of high energy performance .
Three decades in the construction of wooden houses have allowed us to obtain the title of “high energy performance house builders”. It is a house that has its own bio-climate with constant temperatures throughout the year thanks to the efficient thermal insulation an properties of the materials used.
A high energy performant house, also reduces the energy bill with it’s own regulatory system.
What is HEP? (E) the environmental quality of the Habitat, a term used to speak of a high energy performance house.
If you are feeling a little lost in all these technical terms, no problem, our wood profile team will explain in detail everything about HEP or high energy performance.