Eurban solid timber panels are from sustainably managed forests and minimise on-site construction waste

January 31st, 2011 by Richard Lord

Atelier BasMooArc designed the new home at Portelet using Eurban solid timber panels.

Eurban sourced their laminated pine panels for the Portelet home from a manufacturer in Switzerland.  The panels were manufactured from slices of glued laminated timber or glulam (as opposed to layers of board) which changes the grain direction and makes the panels more dimensionally stable.

The Swiss factory is an integrated saw-milling and manufacturing plant.  Logs arrive at the plant and leave as finished cut-to-specification panels.

The timber logs for this project came from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified forests within an average 60 kilometre radius of the mill.

Eurban also uses wood from European forests that are sustainably managed and certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC).

Packaged Eurban solid timber panels on 7 January 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The mill has advanced Computer Numerical Control (CNC) systems to cut the Eurban panels to exact architectural specifications so the panels fit together tightly.

During the installation of the walls and the roof there is almost no on-site building waste.

The plastic sheeting that wrapped the wood panels was made of non-Guernsey recyclable low density polyethylene (LDPE plastic no. 4), which has to be discarded.  However Eurban is committed to be as sustainable as possible so for their next Guernsey project they will wrap the panels in recyclable material.

Erection of the Eurban solid timber panels underway on 7 January 2011 (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The Portelet construction site three days after the Eurban sold timber panels have been delivered (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Eurban only supply panels manufactured with edge glued (closed) faces, as these provide an increased performance for air-tightness and cope better with British weather conditions.

And as of 2010, Eurban only used non-formaldehyde adhesive for the panels.

Eurban building team perfectly align a Eurban solid pine wall (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Eurban solid timber panels are lowered into place by a crane and then fixed with brackets and held in place accurately until they can be secured to other panels.  The installation of the panels takes place rapidly.

One week after delivery of the Eurban solid timber walls the house is taking shape (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Strong winds delayed construction for a few days as the crane was unable to operate safely but as soon as panel installation resumed construction progress was rapid.

Two weeks after delivery of the Eurban solid timber panels, the curved pine roof has been fitted (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The room taking shape with a beautiful curved roof (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The beautifully engineered pine panels have an appealing smell and are smooth to the touch.

Eurban solid timber roof panel being fitted (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

For every cubic metre of wood used in building construction the equivalent of about two tonnes of carbon dioxide is saved in greenhouse gas emissions.  Forty-five percent of this effect is from the carbon store in the wood, and 55 percent is the saving gained by not using other building materials.

Eurban solid timber panels used in the Portelet home weigh about 40 tonnes.  Considering the moisture content of the panels, their use saves the equivalent of 72 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions.

Nineteen days after solid panel delivery the structure is almost complete (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The view from the back of the property towards the sea shows the extent of the solid timber roof (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The central hall with skylights cut out of the solid timber panels (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Vapour permeable solid timber walls produce a comfortable indoor climate.

Twenty days after delivery of the Eurban solid timber panels the final roof panels are fitted (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

The last Eurban solid pine panel is fitted 20 days after delivery (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

In a BRE publication on the Life Cycle Impacts of Timber it states that timber and wood-based components have excellent environmental performance.  Their whole life environmental performance is often better than that of other materials because wood takes less energy to produce than many other building materials and it removes C02 from the atmosphere during growth.  Wood can be produced sustainably and it scores well on air and water toxicity.

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