The fundamental strengths of a Lockwood home are unique. Lockwood walls are locked together, not nailed together. This locking system, combined with the use of vertical tie rods in the walls is what gives it the strength to withstand earthquakes and hurricanes all over the world.
The low maintenance qualities of Lockwood houses, the appealing designs and the ease and speed with which they can be built, makes Lockwood the perfect choice. Lovers of Lockwoods say they enjoy living in the natural timber home, and that they feel more relaxed, as though they are on holiday all year round. Some say they “feel healthier” and that their home is warmer and drier.
A solid wood home has a significant thermal mass, meaning that very little energy is required to heat, cool and ventilate it. Solid wood’s natural insulation qualities, combined with high heat capacity, provides a stable, comfortable wall surface temperature.
Solid wood naturally breathes, controlling humidity within the home. Solid wood is strong yet flexible, allowing it to safely weather cyclones and earthquakes.
Global warming is now a scientifically accepted phenomenon. Its consequences are dire and frightening. Its cause is ascribed to excessive atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions, caused mainly by humans burning fossil fuels (coal and oil) to meet our energy needs. When building, it is important to understand the difference between “capital carbon” and “operational carbon”. We hear a lot of talk about energy-efficient houses, with their energy-efficient appliances and fittings.
Capital carbon (or carbon footprint) is the carbon emitted prior to the building process, and its impact on the atmosphere and our planet has already happened.
Operational carbon is the carbon emitted by everyday living - from things such as appliances and heating. This can be reduced going forward by choosing a more eco-responsible way of living.