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Why Timber Frame ?


The structural timber frame is so strong that it takes all the loads of the house itself without needing to use the outer brick cladding at all. This is a significant safety factor built into the design of these houses.


Quality ...

Due to the precision timber engineering involved in the production of Timber frame components in factory controlled conditions the finished product is much better. Components can be ordered in advance of the house being fabricated and delivered to a precise program, this leads to increased quality control on site as these items are generally fixed on arrival.

No on site measuring is required for external doors and windows etc as the fabrication drawings identify precise measurements, which enables these items to be produced with confidence, again leading to advanced ordering and delivery of your program.

Speed of Construction ...

The erection of the Timber Frame kit superstructure can be very quick. A typical 3 bedroom house can be erected within 5 days, including external doors and windows, felt and batten, thus providing a dry environment for following trades.
The external skin can commence independently of the internal trades, his translates to a shorter program of build and potentially reduced costs.

Energy Efficiency ...

Timber Frame Homes can be highly insulated, they heat up very quickly which means they cost less to run. In the summer the insulation keeps them cool and comfortable to live in. Timber Frame contributes greatly to the saving of energy as the energy required to heat a Timber Frame Home is much less than the raditional method of brick and block, this being a great contribution to the ever growing concern over our planet and the green house gas effect. The equired SAP rating for building control is easily achieved with Timber Frame.

Appearance ...

As the Timber Frame structure is clad externally with block/brick and internally with plasterboard it looks no different to a masonry
house. Planning authorities treat a timber frame house in the same manner as a "traditional" masonry build. There is no way of knowing from the external appearance if a house is timber frame, but the benefits can certainly be felt from your cosy interior.

Environmentally Friendly ...

The major man-made cause of carbon dioxide emissions is the burning of fossil fuels for heating and power. A timber frame building with a high level of insulation reduced the amount of energy required to heat it. In addition to this, the embodied energy costs in producing the building materials are considerably less than those in masonry construction. Only timber from managed forests in the northern hemisphere is used in the manufacture of frame components. By harvesting mature trees and replanting with young specimens, a natural cycle is created. More trees are planted than are felled, and so an increase in the volume of the trees is created. Growing trees absorb carbon dioxide and, by photosynthesis, convert it into oxygen. Mature trees absorb less carbon dioxide, and hence replanting them with young trees increases a forest's ability to absorb carbon dioxide.

Flexibility ...

Some people, mistakenly believe that timber frame construction is only appropriate to small properties, yet timber frame construction is used for buildings as diverse as five-storey blocks of flats, terraced 2up & 2 down, bungalows, detached super homes and with commercial applications such as schools, nursing homes and hotels.

Acoustics ...

The Building Regulations now require a minimum level of acoustic insulation in a new house to reduce sound transfer. This
an be achieved with the use of mineral wool insulation to the external, internal nd party walls.

Maintenance ...

Above the foundations, a timber framed house has virtually no added water. Designed correctly from the outset, timberframing can
dramatically reduce moisture content internally. This means that the owners/occupiers of a timber frame structure, face less drying, less shrinkage, less differential movement, less making good, and less redecoration than a "wet build" structure. They also
enjoy a much more comfortable home, with considerable lower overall maintenance costs.

Market Statistics ...

  • The timber frame share of the new housing market currently represents 12% of the market in Northern Ireland. Some analysts forecast the timber frame share to increase to 25% of the market by 2010. Similarly in ROI, the timber frame share of the new housing market has increased to 15% over the last five years and this trend is expected to continue with some analysts forecasting timber frame increasing to 35% of the market by 2010.

  • Timber frame housing grew by 25%, compared to a 7.4% increase for all other methods of construction.

  • Timber frame housing now has a 17% market share in the UK.

  • One in six new homes is now timber frame.

  • Over 65% of new homes in Scotland are built using timber frame.



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