The natural material wood is omnipresent both inside and outside: it shapes the appearance of the environment and your own garden. In the apartment it can be found in furniture, accessories and parquet floors. The wood products serve people and give them pleasure. The charm and charisma of the natural material are perceived as pleasant per se. Even more, wood in interiors also makes a decisive contribution to a healthy living environment.
Wood regulates the humidity
“Hygroscopy”is the ability that makes the all-rounder wood a natural buffer and climate regulator. Also as sustainable material for massive furniture & Co. and as a building material for prefabricated houses it exercises this ability. It absorbs water vapor from humid air and releases it again when it is dry. As a result, wood in interiors at all times maintains a humidity of 45 to 55 percent perceived by humans as pleasant. In this healthy indoor climate every breath is soothing. Furnishings made of solid, possibly open-pored wood are in demand.
Building healthy: Prefabricated houses made of wood
But even as a building material for houses wood is absolutely in vogue: every fifth newly approved one- or two-family house in Germany is now a prefabricated house. Even if you do not look at many prefabricated houses from the outside, but the natural material wood always makes the majority of a modern prefabricated house out. Around 30 cubic meters of spruce wood are required for walls, roof and ceilings, which convert 140 square meters of living space. The individual components are assembled intelligently, mostly from wood-based panels and wood-based natural insulation materials. Even windows and doors are today often made of wood and installed in a prefabricated house.
Since prefabricated houses are extensively prefabricated in a large industrial building and later on an average of only two working days are mounted at the client, unpleasant humidity in the own four walls from the beginning does not matter. The indoor climate is pleasant and healthy as soon as you move in – unlike wet construction, timber construction does not have to be heated first.
Effectively encounter damp room air
When living, excess moisture in the interior usually arises in the bathroom, in the kitchen and where the laundry is dried. Even in the bedroom, damp air can develop overnight through sweating and breathing. Especially in these rooms, it is important to have at least 15 to 60 minutes daily to ventilate intensively – in the warm season more than in the winter months. This will replace the moist and used air with fresh air. In addition to ventilation, wood as a building material contributes to the regulation of the indoor climate.
In prefabricated houses, the built-in wood can best absorb excess moisture and release it in dry heating air, if not all components are completely plastered, papered or painted from the inside. Open, well-visible wooden surfaces not only contribute to a healthy living environment, but also to the cosiness in your own four walls. And where it is cozy, you like to stay there, you will be noticeably happier and more balanced. In addition to this emotional impact, several studies show that wood in the interior has various health-promoting and therapeutic effects.
Studies show that wood has a health-promoting effect
Studies have shown that Wood in the interior has various health-promoting and therapeutic effects , This also brings the natural material into play when used in healthcare facilities such as hospitals. The identified effects include the reduction of environmental stress and the reduction of blood pressure and heart rate. This is supposed to be related to the perception of the human being, which classifies wood as evolutionary and culturally conditioned per se as positive. In addition, researchers attribute the health-promoting influence on essential oils contained in the wood.
The following positively influenced body reactions were also found:
- a better digestion,
- a lower level of aggression,
- higher concentration ability,
- a better recovery of the body.
Overall, these effects are dependent on the wood species and its open porosity. For example, a bed made from pine wood may help improve sleep patterns by improving recovery during the day, thanks to a reduced heart rate and increased vibration throughout the day. Another study found a large antibacterial effect on untreated wood. In particular, allergy sufferers benefit from the material wood, as wood surfaces do not become statically charged and therefore no dust is attracted. This is especially noticeable when cleaning solid wood furniture.
Conclusion: Wood gives rooms – give wood a room
Building and furnishing with wood is very much in vogue. The sustainable building material and natural insulation materials make a prefabricated timber house the ideal companion for healthy living. Anyone who sets up furniture and parquet made from natural materials will benefit noticeably. So living is healthy and it’s even more fun to come home after a long day at work. Even returning home from summer holidays is even more enjoyable with a wooden home. As a building material wood gives healthy spaces. As a material you can easily give him a room to feel at home all around well and healthy.
Picture 1: BDF / Sonnleitner
Picture 2: BDF / Stommel House
Picture 3: BDF
Picture 4: BDF / Regnauer