Ecology and healthy homes
Sustainable, ecological and healthy
KVH® structural timber is produced exclusively from softwood supplied from sustainably managed forests in Europe. A large proportion of the energy used for drying the wood comes from renewable sources. Being easy to process, the amount of energy required for machining is actually small, so it should come as no surprise that KVH® structural timber has an outstanding ecological balance sheet.
The Environmental Product Declaration for KVH® can be downloaded here.
Natural construction materials which have no harmful effects on health are a key precondition for contemporary construction projects. KVH® structural timber is kiln-dried to a low level of wood moisture, enabling it to absorb humidity from the ambient air in the room. It therefore contributes to a healthy atmospheric environment whatever the room.
Compared to other construction materials such as steel or concrete, wood has a very low level of thermal conductivity. Load-bearing KVH® structural timber elements in exterior wall or roof structures have low thermal conductivity, which reduces thermal bridges and makes energy efficient buildings possible.
Given the particularly high level of heat insulation in modern timber buildings, the shell of the buil-ding must be windproof and airtight. To achieve airtightness on the inside, the building components must be dimensionally stable when installed and, once fixed in position, they must not deform through shrinkage to any great extent as this would reduce the level of airtightness. Thanks to the method of cutting used, finishing to an exact fit and a maximum wood moisture content of 18%, KVH® structural timber is predestined for use in passive energy houses and energy-efficient houses.