"The NHBC inspects and insures many thousands of homes every year. Our claim records actually show that timber frame houses tend to perform better than masonry homes, as more of the dwelling is made under closely controlled factory conditions"
Director of Technical Services, NHBC
Timber is viewed as the most renewable resource in the construction sector and contains less embodied energy than comparable building material. The global drive for sustainable construction solutions puts structural timber frame at the forefront of the agenda when it comes to the choice of building materials. As Building Regulations toughen in this area, so timber frame will become the first choice for many clients.
Timber framed buildings are a lot quicker to construct than any other method. Despite their apparent "newness" timber framed buildings are becoming more popular and have been around since he 12th Century. They are so easy to work with and can lessen the build process by 30%.
Brick and block has been commonly used in the UK for years. However, with growing pressure to meet increasing insulation standards and energy conservation targets, as well as a move to more environmentally friendly building materials and construction methods, timber frame has experienced substantial growth in popularity and is the preferred method of build for many contractors.
New housing in Scotland is predominately timber frame because of the advantages it can give and England is following this trend as it is currently the quickest growing method of construction.