In harmony with nature

In each panel of our building system NOVATOP, there is a real tree with its own story that blends naturally with the story of the people who dreamed up a wooden house, built it and live in it.

Perhaps you too will find the beginning of your new life story here. 

How does wood contribute to the protection of the environment?

  • Wood is a renewable raw material – it grows continuously
  • Wood for one family home grows in our forests each 108 seconds
  • Wood is the only building material that in its whole life cycle – from growth through production to      incorporation into buildings – absorbs more CO2 (carbon dioxide) than it produces
  • Every tree takes CO2 from the atmosphere; by means of photosynthesis, the carbon is stored in the wood, and the oxygen goes back into the atmosphere

 

 Do you know a better and more efficient raw material?

 NVT_ilustrace CO2

How does NOVATOP contribute to the protection of the environment?

  • We process a renewable and ecologically clean raw material from sustainably managed forests. Where the forest is cut down, new trees are planted and a new forest grows.
  • We process wood mainly from Czech coniferous trees, under strict environmental regulations; the production      process complies with the stringent criteria for a number of certifications, including PEFC and Natureplus.
  • We process a raw material (the only construction material) that has, a passive balance of CO2 (carbon dioxide). Wood, in its whole life cycle – from growth to incorporation into buildings –, absorbs more CO2 than it      produces. In comparison, huge amounts of gas are released in the production of cement, bricks and lime.
  • One m3 of wood secures up to 250 kg of CO2. With an average consumption of 100 to 150 m3 of wood per house and the lifespan of the building of 100 years, this is a significant amount.
  • Every year we process more than 60,000 m3 of timber and produce approximately 1,300,000 m2 of boards. Every 1m2 secures approximately 17kg of CO2 (carbon dioxide). Our boards secure more than 22 million kg of CO2 a year, which corresponds to approximately 147 million kilometres of journeys in a car – to get a better idea, it means going around the globe 3,600 times.

Do you know a better and more efficient way of sustainable construction?

Wood in figures

Wood is one of the oldest materials used by mankind to build homes, to manufacture tools as well as a source of energy. Most of the currently used building materials are produced from non-renewable resources and their production is highly energy intensive.

Czech Republic ranks twelfth among the European countries in forest percentage (33.5%), fourth in the supply of timber per 1 hectare (245.8 m3/ha), and sixth in the annual increment on 1 hectare (7.8 m3/ha). The total annual increment (that which grows in the forests every year) in the Czech forests is approximately 18 million m3 and around 14 to 15 million m3 are lumbered every year. This means that every year the stocks of wood increase by at least 3 million m3.

For each European citizen, almost 1 m3 of wood is grown in each year. Every 80 years, 240 m3 of wood per three-person family is grown in Europe and 140 m3 of this amount is processed into timber which can be used for construction of a family home with high-quality insulation that can be cheaply heated for 80 years. The remaining 100 m3 can be used for the manufacture of furniture and many other products. Wood processed this way can be recycled many times after years or can be burned, and the heat can be used in many ways as well. Other contributions of wood should not be forgotten either: a unique landscape element, recreation, protection of high-quality drinking water and soil, biodiversity, energy production from biomass, etc..

Source: CO2 BANK Switzerland,  www.co2-bank.ch
Wood for Life Foundation, www.drevoprozivot.cz