A wooden house has many advantages
Cross-laminated wood construction (CLT) represents the best choice among building options. Other than having a good appearance, wood also has innovative properties which place it at the very top of building materials of the future. It is an exceptional natural material with excellent properties, which is why all HubaHouse buildings are environmentally friendly, adaptable to various architectural ideas, provides effective thermal insulation and energy savings, and are earthquake and fire-resistant.
Each building we build permanently marks the space
The wooden HubaHouse is a house with a soul, and living in one is the healthiest of environments. Wood is a durable, natural, and flexible material that lives, breaths, and has a beneficial effect on the well-being of the house. As an innovative building material, it corresponds to all concepts of sustainable construction, and with its scent, color and structure, it gives the home a feeling of warmth and the desired connection with nature.
Your safe home for 100 years
Our quality HubaHouse is built quickly, sustainably, and with a 30-year guarantee of wooden structure stability. Taking into account the proper planning and quality construction, the use of high-quality materials, our long-standing expertise in the construction of such buildings, and proper maintenance, HubaHouse will be your haven for more than 100 years.
- Roofingclay tiles, gutter
- Cross planking 5/4
- Longitudinal planks
- Secondary roofing, wood fiber board
- thermal insulation between rafters, rock wool
- thermal insulation, rock wool
- OSB board with glued joints
Roof – wooden horizontal facade
- horizontal wooden cladding; planks, oiled larch on a wooden substructure
- vapor permeble air barrier thermal insulation, rock wool
- cross-laminated timber panel (CLT)
- fiberboard, lining
- fire-protection plasterboard
Why choose HubaHouse?
The key element of our wooden buildings is the quality of construction.
We are authorized contractors for the construction of wooden buildings by Binderholz, which has been synonymous with tradition, high technology and innovation in the wood industry for 70 years. Today, they are the leading manufacturer of cross-laminated (CLT) construction and laminated timber beams in Europe, with high-tech production lines in 14 locations and with around 3,000 employees.
Our buildings are built by professionally trained assembly teams with many years of experience, integrating modern technical solutions in the field of wood used in the construction. We guarantee the quality of the buildings through a control and review process of the installed materials and offering professional supervision of the construction, which is in accordance with the legislation and strict guidelines given by Binderholz. HubaHouse wooden houses achieve the highest standards of performance and quality, including the latest technologies. They provide you with the technology of the future, a high quality life and a safe and economical investment.
To which stage buildings could be built?
Each HubaHouse wooden house / building can be built up to the agreed construction phase, which meets your expectations and financial capabilities. The guarantee of the quality of the building depends on the quality of the construction, so certain phases of construction are directly related to this.
In most cases, we approach projects holistically and construct buildings to be move-in-ready, including the construction of foundations, arrangement and connection of building utility infrastructure and implementation of external associate proposals. Other than move-in-ready construction, we can perform a partial move-in-ready for our clients. We do not provide another type of construction however we are always trying to offer a complete solutions for a faster and better construction result.
What other services do you provide?
We provide the following services:
- Preparation of the entire project documentation – Preliminary Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documentation and management of procedures for obtaining a building permit
- Finding a suitable location
- Preparation of documentation needed for CLT construction
- Budget assessment for statics and foundation slab
- Workshop drawings for CLT construction production
- Production, delivery, and proper installation of wooden structures with our professionally qualified installers
- Comprehensive construction supervision until obtaining a use permit, which allows for a longer quality warranty for the wooden construction
- Arrangement of communal infrastructure
- Interior design
Why opt for your construction system?
Cross-laminated timber construction offers many advantages, here are few important ones:
- quick, easy and accurate construction, achieved by using prefabricated wood elements,
- quiet, clean, and dry construction
- excellent mechanical properties of the CLT construction, which with its power and flexibility allow various architectural ideas
- fireproof and extremely with great flexibility in seismic activity
- great thermal and sound insulation
- exceptionally flat inner surface of the walls, which simplifies drywall installation and facade works, and distribution of electrical and mechanical installations
- thinner walls which gain additional living space
- high quality of comfort life (better regulation of humidity in the room, great heat protection during summer and heat retainer during winter, excellent sound insulation…)
- environmentally sustainable construction
What do I need if I want to set up your HubaHouse?
To set up your wooden house, you need a building permit and a prefabricated foundation slab. However, if you only have land and desire a structure, but don’t know how to start construction, we are a reliable construction partner who will guide you through the entire construction process – from conceptual design to the end. We have authorized contractors from Binderholtz, a leading manufacturer of cross-laminated timber construction in Europe. They are synonymous with tradition, high technology, and innovation in the wood industry. Our team of experts, with many years of experience and rich knowledge in the field of architecture, civil engineering, and wood technology will advise you, find the right for you, and stand by you during the construction – from finding the right location, preparing the preliminary design, obtaining necessary approvals and managing procedures for obtaining a building permit, construction, landscape and interior design until it’s ready to move in.
What is the warranty if I choose your company, and what work principles are you offering?
The construction of our buildings complies with legal regulations and strict guidelines for the installation of wooden structures by Binderholz. Upon construction completion, we provide a 30-year warranty for the wooden structure. Warranty for installed equipment and installation materials should be provided by manufacturers and suppliers.
What is the fire safety for houses made out of cross-laminated timber?
A common association with the wood is fire. Wood is indeed flammable, but more resistant to the fire when compared to concrete and steel. Cross-laminated timber boards are not easily flammable and have significantly higher fire resistance than is usually attributed to wooden structural elements. They burn only superficially, while the inner wooden core retains its load-bearing capacity. The fire does not penetrate more than 2 to 3 centimeters into the structure, because a thin charred layer is created on the burning surface of the glued wood as self-protection, which prevents the access of oxygen into the interior of the beam or panel.
What is the seismic safety of houses made of cross-laminated timber?
Cross-laminated timber construction is one of the most resistant systems for seismic activity. Compared to the classic construction method (brick-steel concrete) and other methods of wooden prefabricated construction, it has numerous advantages. The advantages are a combination of wood properties, which is the basic material of cross-laminated timber construction, and the ways it is made. Wood is flexible, has low weight, and outstanding physical properties. This gives it exceptional flexibility and the ability to take on large seismic loads without causing major damage. Therefore, it is no coincidence that most post-earthquake remediation has recently been carried out using cross-laminated timber.
What is the difference in construction period between classic construction (brick-concrete) and wooden construction?
Once you have prepared all the necessary documents, the construction can begin. For CLT construction it usually takes approximately two months from the conclusion of the contract to the completion of factory production (walls, ceiling, and roof). At that time, we usually focus on preparing the plot and making the slab foundation. Installation of the CLT panel construction takes only 2-3 days. According to our estimate, it takes about 3 months to install a functionally “identical” brick and concrete structure.
NOTE: when we calculated the time component of “classic” construction, we did not take into account the constant traffic that interferes with the environment (workers, delivery trucks …), more dirt and noise, etc.
Is cross-laminated timber construction more expensive than conventional brick construction?
We made a comparison of the two construction methods and found that for a house with a living area of 150 m2 a construction system made of CLT boards is about 15% more expensive (in terms of performance of the structural part of the building), however the costs of other construction phases are comparable. When making the calculation, we took into account quality materials, comprehensive and constant supervision of construction, and informing the client, as well as other costs that can be found in the list of works. We did not take into account the cost of water, not only the amount used for construction but also the cost of installation during the final drying of the building, because it is difficult to estimate. Saving time is subjective and a different priority for every individual. We can point to additional savings in construction with the CLT system, such as cheaper foundation slabs (it is 5 times lighter to build with CLT), faster drywall work and lower cost of used materials, more efficient and thinner wall construction which means a bigger living area – even up to 10 m2 and much more.
What type of adhesive is used for cross-laminated timber boards?
A firm one! It is water-based and does not contain formaldehyde and solvents. It is considered one of the most organic adhesives, which is completely harmless to humans and is also used in the healthcare sector. The adhesive has no odor and is used very little in the production of CLT boards – only 0.6%. This means that the CLT board can be compared almost entirely to natural solid wood. We claim with certainty that in one piece of furniture we can find more harmful adhesives and solvents than is contained in the whole wooden construction of our house.
Why would you opt for “your” way of building and not for the skeletal method of prefabricated construction?
“Our way of building,” with the CLT system, is extremely fast and accurate. All elements – walls, ceilings, and roof are produced with CNC machines and based on carefully made drawings so that the possibility of errors is minimized. In contrast, the skeletal method of construction can depend to a large extent on the experience and concentration of the assembly team and is thus more prone to possible irregularities. Each element of the CLT construction (wall, ceiling, and roof) has great mechanical properties, which forms a solid core when connected. This type of construction distributes the load evenly across the foundation slab and also overcomes seismic activity more easily. The wooden construction made of CLT boards is adapted to people and contains less harmful substances than those found in OSB board, which uses an epoxy base as a binder and is most commonly used in skeletal construction. In skeletal construction, it is almost impossible to move the installations once walls are closed and joints are sealed. Although the CLT system does not require an internal vapor barrier – alone it is sufficient.
Is it necessery to use stone wool as an exterior wall insulation?
No. Insulation made of wood fibers or extruded polystyrene can be used, but stone wool is usually recommended for a ventilated facade construction.
I want an eco-friendly wooden house, but I don’t want a mountain hut-style interior. What are the possibilities?
A wooden house does not necessarily imply that the appearance of the interior will be as a mountain hut. In more than 95% of constructed buildings, clients upgrade the interior with a dry prefabricated treatment with gypsum coatings and dispersion paints.
Wood and wood pests – what protection measures are used?
The basic raw material of wooden construction is most often coniferous wood, which is technically dried up to 12 (± 2%) humidity. This allows the wood to naturally protect itself from pests such as fungi, insects and mold.
Can I change my mind about the layout of sockets, switches, water outlets and/or heating, cooling and ventilation, after the wooden construction of the house has been completed, although the same differs from the documentation in the Building Permit?
Yes! It is only necessary to make changes in the Construction Documentation and attach them when obtaining the building permit.
Why do most manufacturers constantly point out the low carbon footprint created by making wooden prefabricated buildings?
Wood is the only building material that needs only solar energy and water to create it. Unlike other building materials, cross-laminated timber does not generate large amounts of greenhouse gases during production.
Trees even consume and store CO2 during their growth, so wooden structures have one of the best greenhouse gas indices. Because CLT plants are easy to recycle, they also do not pollute the environment in the long run, but represent only one phase in wood life cycle.
I would like to do an adaptation of an old house and, by completely dismantling the roof, make a new apartment in the attic. Is this possible with your construction method?
Yes. The construction with the CLT system is ideal for all types of upgrades, as it does not affect the static strength of existing, masonry walls of lower floors due to the light weight of construction. An additional advantage its area efficiency – compared to brick masonry, where you can gain up to 10% or an additional 10 m2 per 100 m2.
What are the limitations of building a house with your building system?
The only limitation would be the unavailability of the location. All other limitations are only in our heads: whether it is the architects’ imagination while designing buildings, the client’s fear of something different and new (despite the fact that this type of building is recognized and appreciated around the world) or the client’s desire for the building to outlive civilization.
With all these positive things, why wouldn't an individual opt for a wood house made of cross-laminated timber?
We don’t see a reason not to opt for this type of construction. Construction using CLT technology is the construction of the future, bringing a high quality of life and a safe and economical investment.