We love our forests
One of the greatest things about Finland is its abundance of trees. In fact, more wood grows in Finnish forests than is harvested. Our company roots are deep in the Finnish forests and our long experience guarantees your family an ecological home built with pure, renewable and high-quality wood.
At Honka, environmental awareness is a natural part of who we are and everything we do – from the raw materials to production process and all the way to the finished product.
100 % RENEWABLE and recyclable
Living in a Honka log house, you can be sure that for each tree felled to build the house, a new sapling was planted, and in time these saplings will grow into a new forest. When purchasing wood, Honka is committed to sustainable forestry where ecological values and wood production are in balance.
The PEFC certification guarantees that the Honka’s raw material originates from certified Finnish forests. We never buy wood from protected regions.
We use 97 % of our raw material and any leftover building materials are used for bioenergy. Read more about the path from wood to a perfect house.
BUILDING WITH WOOD MINIMIZES CO2 EMISSIONS
Trees are important in the fight against climate change. When a tree grows, it binds a significant amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and cleans the air we breathe. 1 m³ of wood is able to bind up to 1 ton of carbon dioxide!
In a wooden building, the carbon is kept out of the atmosphere for the lifetime of the structure – which can be hundreds of years in the case of log homes. At the same time, new forests grow, using the power of the sun and even more carbon dioxide is bound into the new trees, which again slows down climate change.
When wood products are manufactured, low energy consumption results in much lower greenhouse gas emissions than when alternative materials are produced.
A massive wood house which is constructed and maintained correctly can last decades or even centuries, as the numerous old log churches prove. Massive wood can also be recycled 100%.
It can be said that in general, the more wood is used in the building, the more sustainable the project is ecologically.
A naturally energy-efficient log home
When it comes to environmentally friendly building materials, wood is in a league of its own. The amount of energy consumed in the industrial production of massive wood is approximately only 50 percent of the energy required for cement production and 20 percent of that required for brick production.
When combined with an ecological and modern heating system, a Honka log home is a high-quality and naturally low-energy concept that allows you to reach any given energy class both today and in the future.
A log wall is a natural insulator with a large thermal mass. Unlike timber frame walls, a log wall is capable of storing heat. This capability means lower energy consumption in the household. Read more about the energy efficiency of log homes.