Wood is the only renewable building material

Wood is the only 100% renewable building material, so using it instead of non-renewable materials based on fossil fuels considerably reduces the environmental impact ("carbon footprint"). Wood consists of water and carbon. When growing, wood binds one ton of carbon dioxide (CO2) per one cubic meter of wood, changing it into carbohydrates and releasing oxygen in the air at the same time. 

During the life cycle of a wood product or a building, carbon dioxide is permanently stored in the material. A well maintained log house may last for centuries, and at the end of its long life cycle, wood is still useful as a recyclable material.

Timber from sustainably managed forests only

Forest management is important for us not only from the environmental point of view, but also because the forest is a living reality for us Finns and we take responsibility for our natural resources. Building a Kontio Log House promotes sustainable forest management, as Kontio only buys wood from PEFC certified forests, complying with the COC (Chain of custody) certificate to confirm the origin of all wood raw material. The PEFC Council (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) is an independent, non-profit organisation, which has set the criteria based on internationally accepted requirements.

Annual forest growth clearly exceeds harvest in Finland. It is reasonable to use timber for housing for many reasons, e.g. afforestation (planting), which means that young, growing forests bind more carbon than older forests. By taking care of forests and using wood we can together tackle the climate change and meet the Kyoto commitments for our part.

Make successful choices for energy efficient living

From the environmental point of view energy efficient living includes many aspects, starting from the building materials. Considering the remarkable differences in the environmental burden caused by building materials, it is sensible to choose materials which are both produced and used energy efficiently. Log houses typically include more wood and less other materials than timber framed buildings.

A well designed and well built  Kontio Log House is solid and tight. The insulation and thermal mass qualities of solid wood naturally maintain the desired temperature level in all conditions, making it very energy efficient. By also paying attention to your everyday living routines, you can achieve great savings in total energy consumption.


Environmentally friendly low energy product

A Kontio Log House is a low energy product. Processing of wood requires only a fraction of the energy needed by other building materials such as steel, concrete, plastics and aluminium. Moreover, the factory is located near the raw material sources, in the middle of forests, minimizing the need of transportation. In addition, energy consumption also remains minimal during construction because only simple tools are required.

We use carbon-free electricity and continually develop our processes to make them more environmentally efficient at all levels. By-products such as bark, saw-dust and waste are 100% recycled or used for bioenergy production. 

Thanks to industrially and precisely manufactured logs with exact joints, the end result is tight. A central requirement for energy efficient housing is preventing uncontrolled ventilation through structures.

The future of our global environment is in the hands of us all

The popularity of wood construction is growing strongly, and it is also promoted  by governments. The time has come to understand the true value of renewable materials. By increasing the use of wood as a building material, we can save non-renewable natural resources for the future, especially where there is no alternative material available.

Kontio stands for both the knowledge and the most modern production capacity of wood construction today. As annual forest growth in Finland exceeds our own needs, producing the ideal quality of the arctic pine, you have all the reasons to carry out your building project with Kontio professionals. 

Supporting sustainable development and living is easy by choosing the most ecological option - a Kontio Log House.