December 28, 2011

Combination of wood & steel: ecological?

There is a growing talk about ecological living in our western societies. I recently had a discusssion with a person who is considering to start architectual company focused on eco-buildings, mainly focusing on developing countries. So the message of "sustainable buildings" is spreading also to outside tradional eco-countries, countries that can afford to talk about these values.

For me these ecological values are always a dilemma, because they many times forget about the end-users, the customers. It is nice to think in ecological way, however, would you live in a mud-house yourself with your children? Also, the dilemma for me are the profets that are preaching their gospel black-n-white. Sometimes only wood is great, sometimes only steel and sometimes only concrete. Or sometimes only stray and mud.

We at Peikko rather be neutral to about this - we only focus on creating value with our existing and future products on this level as well. And we believe in combination of materials.

Recent case on this can be seen above. A project in Liechtenstein (read the whole article in our customer magazine Concrete Connections (http://materials.crasman.fi/materials/extloader/?fid=16692&org=2&chk=9dc2dd51) combines our Deltabeams and wooden slabs and walls. What are you thinking after reading this? For me it looks like at least better than buildings made out of mud :-)

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