Environmental Humidity And Wooden Houses

One of our offices is based in The Netherlands, and The Netherlands can be really chilly and uncomfortable. Wet and humid. And some Dutch clients think that their climate is not very suitable for a wooden house.

Let’s look at the facts. Below are four graphs, with the relative humidities in Utrecht (Netherlands), Ukmerge (Lithuania), and Moscow (Russia).

Humidity

relative humidity Utrecht

relative humidity Utrecht

 

relative humidity Ukmerge

relative humidity Ukmerge

Lithuania has dry summers, otherwise no difference with The Netherlands.

 

relative humidity Moscow

relative humidity Moscow

Moscow: again a dry summer, and little difference in winter.

Rain

OK, so if the humidity is not really very different, then maybe we have more rain in The Netherlands. Let’s see:

raindays Utrecht

raindays Utrecht

raindays Ukmerge

raindays Ukmerge

In november and december the Dutch have a little more rain, otherwise no difference.

raindays Moscow

raindays Moscow

And the same near Moscow: the Dutch have a little more rain in winter, otherwise there is little difference.

Larch And Durability Of Lithouse Wooden Houses

Most of our houses have Siberian larch on the outside. Siberian larch is extremely durable and weather proof. Siberian larch, or larch in general, are conifers.

On Wikipedia

On Wikipedia: “Larch wood is valued for its tough, waterproof and durable qualities. Top quality knot-free timber is in great demand for building yachts and other small boats, for exterior cladding of buildings, and interior panelling. The timber is resistant to rot when in contact with the ground, and is suitable for use as posts and in fencing.”