Friday, January 27, 2012

Under construction, under control

In general I'm concerned about the construction quality in Finland. I don't want to get too philosophic about the quality issues (at least not in this post), but I want to list some things that are in quite good shape in the Finnish construction practices:
  • 3-layer windows. One additional layer of glass increases energy efficiency and soundproofing.
  • Doors opening outwards. In case of fire it's easier to open the door outwards. Just lean onto door handle and you're in the fresh air.
  • Taps with built-in mixer. You can adjust the suitable water temperature and pressure quickly with one hand only. UK, feel free to adopt this idea.
  • Insulation. The warm air stays in, that's why houses in Finland are warmer than in Middle Europe. Again, energy efficiency.
  • Lack of wall-to-wall carpeting. One bio hazard less to inhale.

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