29 March 2020

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Wooing wood

A Delhi based firm has embarked on a national mission to popularise construction of wooden homes

Wood Barn India has showcased its expertise in constructing completely eco friendly wooden houses made with the support of Estonian and Canadian know how and technology. The company which claims to have pioneered eco-friendly wooden houses in India has introduced the country’s first ever house constructed within 36 hours.  The wood comes from sustainably managed forests where legalised logging is practiced under the supervision of the government.  

“Considering the growing potable water shortage across the globe and India and the energy efficiency achieved when one combines these eco-friendly structures – high insulation both in regards to heat and cold temperatures – with solar panels and rain water harvesting, these wooden houses showcase the future of using wood as a building material in India and revolutionising the construction industry in India,” says Sanjay Sharma, Chairman, Wood Barn India.



Besides the short time needed for construction of such structures, it is also an environment friendly structure with minimum carbon footprint. As research shows that wood products need the least amount of energy to manufacture, and that this process has the lowest impact on air and water quality. Using wood can offset climate change since trees absorb carbon dioxide as they grow, and the resulting products continue to store much of this carbon for decades or even centuries. For example in North America, a typical wood frame home stores 29 tonnes of carbon –this represents the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by running the family car for five years.


There are numerous possibilities of using wood as a building material. What all can be achieved when we combine wooden structures with solar cells and rain water harvesting with minimal wastage. The structure is unique and displays a blend of modernity, absolute functionality and aesthetics that are in tune with nature and living. Incorporating the latest in technology it contributes to a fulfilled life with home automation and other such benefits,” adds  Anurag Khandelwal, CEO, Wood Barn India.


Wood Barn India offers not just a environment friendly house but also one which is fire, earthquake and termite resistant. Moreover, it is water proofed with heat and Sound insulated and is highly cost efficient. The wood is versatile, adaptable, easy to dismantle and can reassembled. The wood used is kiln dried and heat treated. The moisture content is limited to 15-18 per cent to make the wood resistant to weathering and termites. And the base floor woods are ACQ treated to make the structure more resistant to termites and insects.



Research and experience has revealed that wood-frame construction offers the following benefits:

  • Increased thermal performance: Wood-frame construction is easy to insulate meaning increased resident comfort and much lower heating and cooling costs over the life of a building.
  • Architectural flexibility: It is economically feasible to add offset walls, balconies, alcoves and other features that add interest and appeal, especially for roofs.
  • Space economy: Wood-framing is compact – structure, insulation, air and moisture barriers and exterior and interior finishes are contained in a small, light-weight space.
  • Durability: Falsifying the myths of the less durability of wooden framed houses. There are many examples of wood buildings that have lasted hundreds of years, and modern wood-frame construction is better equipped than ever to last at least as long as a building is still meeting the user's needs.
  • Ease of installing electrical and mechanical services: Interior wall and floor cavities are used to route vertical and horizontal services, including electrical wiring, plumbing, and heating ducts.
  • Affordability: The major reason why wood-frame construction has been so successful in North America, and the rest of Europe who are adopters is that it is being considered by many countries to solve housing challenges, is its affordability.
  • Construction speed: Wood-frame construction is fast – it is normal for an experienced crew of three to frame one floor per day per unit. In countries where wood-frame construction is new, an adaptation period is required before the speed of wood construction can be realised. In recent adopters such as India, wood-frame construction can still offer initial savings in time and costs, and greater savings as familiarity builds.
  • Meeting building codes: Based on research and testing, wood-frame construction meets or exceeds building code requirements for strength, sound transmission and fire safety.
  • Versatility: And lastly wood as a construction material is versatile, adaptable, easy to dismantle and can be reassembled, the result is that wastage is minimised in reclamation is an easy process.

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