Timber frames are one of the oldest construction methods used in the manufacture of homes throughout the world. Dating back to between 500 and 100 B.C. and ancient Egyptian and Roman civilisations, contemporary timber frames have the same basic principles with a modern twist, emphasising the material’s eminence as an outstanding choice for a self-built home.
The excellent environmental properties of timber are well-known, with the architects of London choosing timber even for high-rise buildings in an endeavour to build new homes while reducing carbon emissions and their impact on the environment.
However, the advantages of timber stretch beyond just the environmental benefits.
High Durability and Strength
Timber frames for large-scale structures can be carefully engineered to rival the strength of concrete and steel while being simultaneously lighter in construction. This combination of lightweight and strength lends itself to greater design flexibility that achieves a much longer lifespan.
Faster Speed of Construction
The majority of timber frame manufacture is completed offsite within the regulated conditions of a factory workshop. The foundation structure can be built within days with site location and transportation in mind. Timber frame homes such as those by QTF Homes can be tailored for specific site locations and conditions prior to manufacture.
The speed of construction and off-site manufacture are great advantages in choosing timber frame homes, with subsequent reduced waste, less on-site wet trades, and lower labour costs.
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Timber is a renewable source material that also has a greatly reduced embodied energy rating compared to steel or concrete. Timber is considered carbon-neutral, which means the quantity of energy used in processing, manufacturing and delivering the timer is offset by how much carbon dioxide the timber frame absorbs during its lifetime.
A Building Energy Rating (BER) is used to rate how energy efficient a building is, and it works on a similar scale to the energy rating system for household electrical appliances. Timber frame houses are proven to rate significantly higher when compared to masonry-built homes.
Timber frame houses often have the same lifespan as conventional masonry-built homes.
However, be sure to check with your home insurance provides as many UK and Ireland insurance companies, mortgage providers and building societies do not currently distinguish between block build and timber frame homes.