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Interesting Swiss construction method

Gordy Member Posts: 9,514

Then note the radiant floor assembly in this building video. using the all wood construction method.


  • Grallert
    Grallert Member Posts: 523
    very pretty buildings
  • Solid_Fuel_Man
    Solid_Fuel_Man Member Posts: 2,269
    Funny you posted this @Gordy. I just watched that same video yesterday.

    Essentially a really thick plywood wall, but with wooden nails! I think it really illustrates the importance of air tightness rather than some claim of R value alone.
    Serving Northern Maine HVAC & Controls. I burn wood, it smells good!
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    edited January 2019
    Yes the wooden beech nails, and dowels were a nice touch. I thought the shop automation was cool also.

    I’ve seen, and dealt with the solid 2x floors in an old 1860’s brewery Reno project. They were any where from 2x8-2x12. Very strong spans that you can cut an opening of considerable size just about anywhere in the span, with out worry of structural integrity. Like an opening for a stairway.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    I also think that radiant floor method is intriguing. The ceiling radiant from the floor radiant above would be a low output fed from gentle back losses of that assembly.
  • STEVEusaPA
    STEVEusaPA Member Posts: 5,177
    Wonder how they handle termites?
  • Fred
    Fred Member Posts: 8,518
    Do they have any trees left in Switzerland or do they import all the wood? >:)
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    This is all native timber to the country Fred. Also European habits are houses stay in families for generations. Not like here. Different mind set in ROI. Not a bad way of thinking either.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    They also state in the video that it’s certainly not the cheapest method, but is the cleanest method of keeping chemical impregnated materials out of the living space.
  • Gordy
    Gordy Member Posts: 9,514
    Termites are not native to Switzerland.
  • iuraf
    iuraf Member Posts: 1
    edited September 1
    Swiss people know what they are doing when it comes to buildings. I had to occasion to visit Switzerland 2 years ago and I must admit that I've never seen a country so clean and well organized. It's true that they have huge taxes and huge salaries, but they are very educated people. I've visited a couple of cities and I was simply impressed. I cannot wait to go back, to be honest
  • Eretansal
    Eretansal Member Posts: 1
    edited September 4
    Some companies use this method when building a frame for the car instead of erecting a capital structure like a garage. On, you can order different kinds of frameworks as a roof for your car. If I wasn't snowed under, I could do such a project myself. A carport made of wood, aerocrete, or even more so, brick would cost several times as much. Especially if you hire professional masons for masonry. Decking is inexpensive material. I wonder what is the best material to use now?