After moving from the city I’ve found myself becoming more and more curious about house constructions. I read about a company, Trivselhus, that just got all their houses Swan branded (Svanenmärkta). These houses guarantee a healthy living environment, are chemical-free and durable. They have low energy usage and a quality-assured construction process.
The Swan branding was “born” in 1989 (the same year as me). The Nordic Council of Ministers launched this Nordic Ecolabel to help consumers make better choices, considering the environment.
Since I think the house in the picture might just be my dream home, I really wanted to ask Pernilla Enkler, durability manager of Trivselhus and Movehome, a few questions:
Do you only work with natural materials, and if not—what would the percentage of natural materials in a house be?
– We build wooden houses. This means that the basic structure consists mostly of Swedish pine wood. Unfortunately, I cannot give you an exact percentage, but if I guess, I’d say that 80 percent of our construction consists of natural materials. The plate is molded and the insulation consists of mineral wool.
What materials have you chosen to exclude?
– We currently use only Swedish works. For example, we have chosen not to sell houses with Siberian wood and materials that may in any way be harmful to health.
What is usually the biggest environmental peak when it comes to house building?
– You can see this in so many different ways. The wood in the construction can be an environmental boar depending on how it is planted and blown. Traceability is important throughout the chain. For us it is important that most of the wood in our houses is labeled and traceability-certified. Building boards, sealants and colors may contain chemicals that are harmful to health. The trolley to the patio is often pressure impregnated with heavy metals. In addition to that, it is of course important to review the source of energy you choose when building your house. The biggest environmental impact starts as you move into the house and is affected by how you choose to live there.
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