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Why Timber Frame Buildings?

"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.

Facts & Figures

  • Timber frame has lowest CO2 cost of any other building method
  • U-Values as low as 0.11 W/m2.k reducing energy consumption and emissions
  • Unaffected by air movement
  • Can eliminate cold bridging
  • 70% of people in developed world live in timber frame housing
  • Following erection of the timber shell, external facing and internal work can proceed independently which can result in the build being completed 30% quicker than traditional build

Costs Comparisons and savings

  • Reduced Site Time
  • Simplified construction process making the build more efficient
  • Faster returns on investment meaning quicker occupation
  • Thinner wall construction - more floor area for footprint
  • Reduced foundation design and costs
  • Reduced on site waste (Landfill charges)
  • Cleaner & safer site (more efficient less down time)
  • Substantial Prelim Savings
  • Cost Certainty