We supply and erect timber frame buildings for self-builders and developers nationwide. This means we construct the building frame and you complete the rest.
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Structural Timber-Frame Details:
Structural timber frame: Structural design and engineering.
Fabrication/construction detail drawings & supply of structural calculations.
Soleplates – 3no (114mm max), soleplate DPC & soleplate clips.
External structural panels incl. gable panels where required – 38x140mm CLS C16 Protim treated c/w factory fitted OSB3 sheathing & FS100 breather membrane, stud centres @ 600mm, stud indicator marking. (Please note that TF panels do NOT include fitted insulation)
Head binders – 38×140 CLS C16 Protim treated as required.
Internal panels – 38x89mm CLS Protim treated, stud centres @ 600mm with extra studs/wind bracing where required. Non-load-bearing panels include fitted mid height noggins.
Internal party wall panels (where supplied) – 38x89mm CLS, Protim treated, stud centres @600mm c/w 9mm OSB3 sheathing as per minimum TRADA recommendations.
Party wall firestop insulation to close areas between abutting dwellings if required.
Bracing timber – 38×89 CLS for temporary bracing during erection process.
Spare breather membrane/OSB3 sheathing (site repair kit).
Site fixings for structural frame including soleplate fixings.
Issue of NHBC HB353B certificate signed to section C if required.
Supply and fixing of structural steel or glulam beams as designed by our engineers
Optional metal web floor joist system (Mitek, Easijoist)
Floor package includes blocking, rimboard, strongback and hangars.
22mm MR T&G chipboard decking, screwed & glued.
Standard trussed rafter roof with timbers as necessary to form structural roof. (Lightwell trimming over stairs)
Infill Timbers, Bracing and Loose Rafters as necessary
Structural steel or glulam beams
Valley or hip material if appropriate
Roof sarking (sheathing board) – OSB or Bitroc
Ventilators (over eaves and rafter vents)
Fascia boards, barge boards: usually TGV or V-match redwood
Soffits: 9mm plywood
Framing material for soffits
About Timber Frame…
The most common build system Worldwide:Over 70% of people in the developed world live in timber-frame housing. In the USA and Canada it accounts for 90% of low-rise buildings and 65% of all new housing in Scotland. One in four new homes in the U.K and over half of all new social housing is now timber-frame (Figures from UKTFA).
Better Insulation Values…
It’s a fact that timber frame buildings have higher insulation values than standard breezeblock structures. This typically saves 30-40% on heating bills. Remember the new EU Directive 2002/91/EC on the energy performance of buildings requires all new-build homes to have an Energy Rating Certificate that must be shown to new owners or tenants. This is likely to affect the value of a property and the speed with which it’s sold.
Timber-Frame is by far the most environmentally friendly way to build. It has the lowest CO2 cost of any commercially available building material. For every cubic metre of wood used instead of other building materials, 0.8 tonne of CO2 is saved from the atmosphere. Timber is an organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable building material. Although worldwide, deforestation remains a significant issue, UK timber frame uses 99% European softwood and every year European forests grow by over 3,500 square miles (figures from UNECE).
Speed of Construction…
The average timber-frame house can be constructed in five days and you can usually move in within six to eight weeks. That’s a massive saving in time. Plumbers and electricians can start work quickly and with ‘open-panel’ walls and ‘metal-web’ floor joists it’s much easier for them to lay pipes and wires, further reducing time and costs.
With modern manufacturing technology and computer aided design used in controlled factory settings, timber-frame structures can be measured to +/- 1mm accuracy. Apart from the obvious advantages in the integrity of your build, this also makes laying carpets and installing kitchens trouble free.
Cheaper and Fixed Cost…
Although the elemental cost of timber-frame is arguably cheaper than traditional build the real savings come from the speed of construction and the simplification of trades, realistically saving 20-25% in total cost and 30-40% overall build time. Additionally you get a fixed cost from the very start, allowing accurate budgeting. In the long term you get lower heating bills, no subsidence, cracking or damp.
Loads of Advantages…
There are simply loads of advantages to timber frame, that’s why it’s the most common build system in the world. Book an appointment to see an advisor and find out more.