Until just a few years ago, wood houses were generally seen as lightweight, temporary structures, vulnerable to mould, fire and the elements. Today, however, largely courtesy of the advent of cross-laminated timber types (KLH, BSP, CLT, X-LAM, Cross-Lam), we are seeing a real shift in attitudes towards this environmentally-friendly, safe construction material, which can also deliver remarkable energy savings. Despite the crisis that has blighted the construction sector for the last six years, wood construction has bucked the largely negative trend, demonstrating consistent levels of growth. Multi-storey houses and buildings in X-Lam - made from thin sheets of spruce that are layered and then fixed together using a formaldehyde-free glue at high pressure, creating large panels for construction - are becoming increasingly popular, and represent a valid alternative to structures built with more traditional materials. In addition, these buildings offer an extremely competitive solution, due to the fact that they are characterised by a whole host of advantages that satisfy the demands of today's market. Wood offers durability over time, design freedom, superb mechanical characteristics such as elasticity, low specific weight, high tensile strength, excellent resistance to compression and flection, superior thermo-acoustic properties and is easy to machine. In addition, wooden houses do not have a negative impact on the environment or on the health of those who live in them, largely due to the fact that timber is the only building material that breathes. Wooden houses do not suffer from thermal bridges or condensation, courtesy of the high vapour permeability of this material. Other advantages derive from the ability of wood to ensure seismic safety and resistance to fire, as well as the fact that this material offers superb value for money and is quick to construct.
The characteristics of wood (and in particular its thermal and acoustic insulation capacity) have resulted in this being one of main materials used in the creation of window and door frames. Its aesthetic beauty varies in accordance with the quality of the wood used (this can vary considerably, with a significant effect on the price of a window), and with the unique characteristics and different finishes used. Wooden door and window frames can be painted using a number of different techniques: opaque coloured lacquers, open-pore lacquers that reveal the underlying veining or transparent varnishes that maintain the natural appearance the wood. In addition, timber can be cut and trimmed to size, and customised according to individual requirements.
Classic wooden flooring is fast coming back into fashion. Indeed, the designs for new homes and offices often stipulate the use of wooden floors right from the preliminary stages. There are a host of reasons for selecting wooden floor coverings. One of the most significant, of course, is the aesthetic factor: wooden floors give a room a sense of warmth and welcome, and are both elegant and natural. Wood is also easy to clean and treat. In addition, wooden flooring offers extensive scope for customisation, with an enormous variety of options on the market, with different shapes, types of wood, colours, finishes and laying techniques.
When it comes to innovation, the role of Biesse in the sector cannot be ignored. The company has already been producing specific technology for doors and windows for a significant period, and over the past two years, the group has expanded its product range with a number of specific models for machining solid wood beams and panels for all wooden elements used in the construction of wooden-frame houses, wooden panel houses, prefabricated buildings, large-scale public buildings, playgrounds and much more besides.
The range dedicated to the housing sector includes:
for the processing of glulam beams, CLT panels, wooden walls, public buildings, large structures, etc.
dedicated to doors and windows with specific solutions for automatic loading and unloading.
specifically equipped for doors and windows.
with special configurations for smoothing parquet flooring.
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