Solid and sustainable: Fraemohs

The word ‘sustainability’ in the building industry has become so hackneyed we often skim over it. If we do notice this tired chestnut, it probably prompts an eyeroll.

However, one home building company has been genuine about sustainability long before it was a buzzword. It has been one of their central tenets for 50 years, building thousands of carbon negative timber homes all across New Zealand and the world.

It was Monni Fraemohs who brought with him from Denmark to Christchurch a passion for Scandinavian solid timber home construction. In 1968 Fraemohs Homes were, and still are, the most environmentally responsible option there is. An incredible natural building material, timber is naturally warm and healthy, carbon negative, good for the economy, and easily handles extreme conditions including massive earthquakes.

Their solid timber range of homes include transportables and kitsets, in an array of sizes. Each feature timber sustainably grown in New Zealand, meaning no international carbon miles, and no foreign forests plundered.

“An investment in a Fraemohs Home is an investment in a carbon negative home,” says manager Amanda van der Kley. “Your home will actually offset carbon emissions rather than add to climate change.”

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