Benefits of Timber Frame Construction

ACCURATE CONSTRUCTION

One of the major benefits of timber frame structures is that they are precision engineered, making them incredibly strong as well as being durable. Our pre-fabricated panels are made in the factory in a controlled environment and the precise engineering involved in the process results in very high levels of consistency, as well as guaranteeing accuracy, with components fitting together exactly as designed.

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE

Not only can Taylor Lane take care of the complete manufacture of your timber frame kit, floors, roof trusses and steels, we can also erect your project. We’ll take care of arranging cranes and fall arrest equipment as needed. Please contact our sales departmentfor a full quotation.

COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN & MANUFACTURE

Timber frame is at the forefront of the IT revolution, allowing seamless electronic interaction to take place. Starting with the architect building in a CAD package, drawings then get sent directly to the timber Ffame designer. CAD/CAM is then used to take the building and strip it down into components for manufacture. Once the final design has been agreed, information is sent directly to CAM saws for cutting, ready for assembly.

ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

With the Government pushing for the building industry to contribute to the reduction of CO₂emissions caused by development, the pressure to become more environmentally aware is increasing all the time. Timber frame has the lowest  CO₂cost of any commercially available building material. For every cubic meter of wood used instead of other building materials, 0.8 tonnes of CO₂ is saved from the atmosphere. A typical 100m² 2 storey detached timber frame home contains 5-6 cubic meters more wood than the equivalent home built using traditional methods. And the environmental benefits don’t stop after construction. The thermal efficiency of timber means that a timber building will remain warmer throughout the winter, reducing heating costs, and will also stay cooler during the summer months. Timber frame easily exceeds current Building Regulation requirements without any filling of the cavity, and the prospective problems this brings.

Timber is a sustainable resource, and comes from managed coniferous forests of mainly Scandinavia, North America and Britain, where more trees are planted than are cut down.

REDUCED MAINTENANCE

Timber frame is a dry construction method which helps to reduce plaster shrinkage and therefore eliminate cracking of plasterboard, and all of the problems this can bring. This allows you to get in and decorate immediately after construction, rather than having to wait for it to ‘dry out’. Lower maintenance in the first year of construction is a proven factor, with volume house builders reporting around a 75% saving on call back costs within the first year after construction.

SPEED OF CONSTRUCTION

With a timber frame structure, typical time savings of 30% for a 2 storey house, and 50% for 4 storey flats, can be achieved. Timber frames can be erected and made watertight in around 5 days, resulting in a number of benefits, such as significantly lowering the risk of poor weather conditions affecting construction time. This fast erection time is due to a substantial amount of the construction taking place in the factory, with only final assembly necessary on site.

This also allows plumbers, electricians etc to get in and work within the building, regardless of the outside conditions, allowing for a more predictable construction schedule. Further to this, the fast and efficient construction process associated with timber frame leads to a reduction in local disruption and a faster financial return.

THERMALLY EFFICIENT

Timber frame buildings far exceed those built using traditional materials when it comes to thermal efficiency, and also go way beyond Building Regulation requirements without any filling of the cavity, and the prospective problems this brings. Further to this, a timber frame building is also economic to run, due to its ability to heat up quickly and retain that heat for longer.

TRADE PREFERENCE FOR SERVICES

Timber frame construction allows for the easy concealment of wires and pipes, resulting in a far neater finish o the building. Services can be easily accommodated in the floor zone when Posi-Joist floors are used.