The Derome Group specialises in the wood processing operations and together with its subsidiary A-hus has a very strong pro-environmental profile. In addition to building low-energy homes such as the One Tonne Life house, the company also works in the following areas:
Wood – lobbies for increased use of wood in construction (as a building material wood is 10 times more climate-friendly than concrete)
Bio-energy – supplies biofuels (see below)
Solar heating – uses solar energy systems
Wind power – meeting all its electricity needs by 2012
Energy efficiency enhancement – to reduce consumption in production
Forestry – helps forest owners migrate to environmentally optimised forestry methods
During the Lindell family’s visit, Jonathan and A-hus President Peter Mossbrant size up the mountain of wood shavings produced by the sawmill.
Peter explains how the wood shavings from the sawmill are compressed to form pellets that can be used as fuel in the boiler.
Hannah, on the other hand, put the wood shavings to good use, improving her tan in the spring sunshine.