Timber frame buildings are typically built using a system of panellised structural walls and floors made from sections of timber stud, clad with wooden board.
Manufactured offsite, the timber frame carries the loads inflicted by the floors and roof, before transmitting them to the foundations, which can be built more cost-effectively due to the buildings being lighter in weight than their concrete or steel counterparts.
Timber frames provide excellent environmental credentials and are quick and easy to construct.
Flexibility: timber provides endless design possibilities and has physical and technical properties to support buildings of all sizes. Timber frames provide the flexibility to create a bespoke building that is specific to your requirements.
Speed: timber frame buildings can be assembled on site much faster than traditional brick and block construction. Interior trades, such as plasterers and electricians, can begin their work earlier in the programme. Timber frames can also be built in low temperatures, where brick and block construction with cement may not be possible.
Quality: timber frame structures are manufactured in a controlled factory environment, typically resulting in a higher quality product than those achieved on a construction site.
Thermal properties: timber is a natural insulator and as such its buildings usually achieve better thermal performance than their masonry counterparts, in a thinner design. This allows spaces to heat up more quickly and reduce the amount of energy required to warm rooms. Lifecycle studies have shown that wood and timber buildings use less energy than their steel and concrete counterparts.
Sustainable: timber is a truly renewable building material, with new trees planted to replace those felled for construction material. Timber construction also produces less CO2 than with other materials such as steel.