Our products and services
We offer all of the services you’ll need as part of a project, from designing floor plans to final assembly. Our experienced architects and engineers will give you recommendations so that we come up with the best solutions. We produce our houses in our two factories in Kuusalu.
The technology we use
Timber-frame buildings are where house construction is at today and where it’s going tomorrow. In terms of both ecology and construction technology, timber-frame buildings guarantee a hard-wearing, environmentally friendly, high-quality home for generations to come.
Timber-frame houses of various types and designs account for the lion’s share of our production. In producing and assembling them we use a wide range of technology with different degrees of readiness:
pre-cut (what we do at the factory is mostly limited to cutting the timber to size and ensuring that all of the parts needed for the house have been provided, with the framework being assembled on site);
post & beam (a similar process to pre-cut houses, but the load-bearing structure is based on the traditional use of solid poles and beams);
element (the timber-frame elements that form a complete wall, ceiling or roof segment and whose assembly enables the building shell to be erected very quickly are produced at the factory); or
module (room elements that form an entire room including its floor, walls and ceiling are produced at the factory).
A: Weather-proof shell
External walls without cladding; additional framework inside (without additional insulation wool or gypsum boards)
Load-bearing internal wall framework
Non-bearing internal walls and internal wall materials not included
Roof covering not included
B: Fully completed exterior
Roof covering is included
External walls fully finished on the outside; additional framework inside (without additional insulation wool or gypsum boards)
Internal wall framework
Our standard solutions meet all Estonian and Nordic construction requirements. Depending on your wishes, we can also create special solutions, such as near-zero energy and passive houses. These require the right kind of structure and the use of particular solutions for different parts (see Low-energy and near-zero energy buildings).
Warranty and Maintenance
It is most important for us to offer our clients quality and solutions that are durable.
Responsibility is one of our core values.
We offer You:
5-year Warranty for the windows, doors, other materials and construction works
We also provide house maintenance manual for our clients.
Energy efficiency of buildings
Our buildings have never been so efficient – more and more often in designing them we’re hearing and seeing the words ‘energy efficiency’. This means gifting the owner with lower upkeep costs, as well as lending the building’s technical systems much greater importance.
Our standard home Nordic Compact 111 is energy efficiency class B (ETA 116 kWh/m2a).
The energy calculations we’ve made for the core module are based on an air & water heating pump and produce an average monthly cost of heating, ventilation, hot water, lighting and equipment of 60 euros.
Different energy classes show how much energy a building consumes annually, or in other words how energy-efficient it is. The energy class can describe either the projected energy needs of the building or its actual energy consumption. A building’s energy needs are an important criterion in making informed decisions on the property market.
Low-energy and near-zero energy buildings
In line with the EU’s energy efficiency directive (2010/31/EU), as of 1 January 2021 all new buildings, including small homes, will need to meet near-zero energy requirements. 2021 isn’t far off, so we need to start thinking about planning these buildings today.
The energy performance indicator of a small home that qualifies as a low-energy building is smaller than or equal to 120 kWh/(m2.a). The energy performance indicator of a small home that qualifies as a near-zero energy building is smaller than or equal to 50 kWh/(m2.a).
In designing low-energy buildings it’s vital to ensure that you limit its heat losses, that its utility systems are energy-efficient and that judicious use is made of heat gain. Energy performance indicator also depends on the conversion factors of the energy carrier being supplied to a building, which take environmental impact into account as well as the primary energy needed for the production of the energy carrier in question. As such, when planning low-energy buildings we need to keep the following aspects in mind:
limiting specific heat loss of the building envelope per square metre of heated area (H/A);
the judicious use of heat gain;
the energy efficiency of the building’s utility systems; and
limiting the primary energy use of the building i.e. supplying the building with less energy overall, said energy also having less environmental impact (smaller conversion factors).
In addition, in order to ensure that near-zero energy requirements are met in low-energy buildings you need to produce energy from renewable sources on the site or from close by (the ‘energy cooperative’ principle).
Bear in mind that the term ‘near-zero energy building’ includes buildings that use energy not produced on site and/or which are connected to power networks (such as electricity and gas). A near-zero energy building’s primary energy balance, which is expressed by its energy performance indicator, is calculated annually.
For example, the amount of primary energy used by a building in winter (i.e. the amount of energy supplied multiplied by the conversion factors) may be greater than the amount of primary energy produced from renewable sources. In summer it may be the other way round: more primary energy is returned to the energy network than is used. The primary energy balance of a near-zero energy building, calculated annually, is positive – which is to say that the total amount of energy supplied throughout the year multiplied by the conversion factors is greater than the amount produced.
(Source: Madalenergia- ja liginullenergiahoone kavandamine / Juhend väikeelamute projekteerijale, ehitajale ja tellijale [‘Planning low-energy and near-zero energy buildings: Guidelines for those who design, build and commission small homes’], T. Kalamees, T. Tark, 2012).