Why Timber Houses?
Timber Frame structures are precision-engineered, strong and durable. The idea of building a Timber Frame house may be new to most Irish people, but it is actually the world’s most popular building technique. They account for more than 70percent of new homes in the developed world and are the most popular form of house construction in Scotland with increasing popularity throughout the UK and Ireland.
This popularity in Timber Frame structures among home owners and the construction industry – is down to the huge benefits this type of construction-method offers over that of traditional brick and block building construction.
Timber Frame is accredited as being the most economical and efficient method of construction. It offers greater quality, an easier build, simplified on-site construction and the ability to offer greater choice and flexibility to the customer.
Some of the many benefits of using the popular, tried-and-tested method of Timber Frame construction include:
Speed of Construction
All the structural components of timber frame homes are prefabricated under factory – controlled conditions. At the same time the foundations can be prepared and laid on site. Once the Timber Frame structure is in place, other tradesmen have access to the house to work, shielded from the weather. Typically the shell, including the roof timbers, felt and roofing battens can be erected in as few as 3-5 days. So, in the passing of a few days you will have a weather-tight building: even the external doors and windows are snugly fitted. All the other contractors, plumbers, painters, carpenters, etc., can immediately set about the finishing process.
Accurate, Straight Walls
Most people will agree that one of the most unsightly and irritating things in a home is badly finished interior walls. The timber structure is engineered and manufactured under strictly controlled factory conditions, allowing great precision to be achieved for every panel and structural member of the house. Timber Frame construction guarantees that each corner is a perfect right angle and each wall is perfectly straight. Consequently, skirting’s fit tighter to walls, door frames fit properly, and there is never an unsightly ‘ripple’ to be seen along the length of a wall.
As the Timber Frame structure is typically externally clad with block or brickwork and finished internally with plasterboard it means that the house looks and feels no different to its masonry counterpart, except that it is warmer in winter and cooler in summer due to its low thermal conductivity and mass.
Virtually no water is used in the construction of a Timber Frame building, so there is no wait for convectional interior block work to dry out. (Well over 1000 gallons [1500 litres] of water is normally used in a typical convectional dwelling, most of which must evaporate before finally reaching stability, leading to months of dampness within the house). Since there is no wait for the convectional interior block work and plaster finish to dry out, decorating can begin immediately. Your heating system can be turned on earlier and at higher levels. No unsightly cracks develop in a timber frame house, as happens frequently due to the drying out process in convectional block work building.
Dust Free Environment
Modern Timber Frame construction methods create a dust free environment, which is especially beneficial to families with asthma related illnesses.
There is lower maintenance on a Timber Frame home in the first year after construction. This is the experience of volume builders who report a 75% saving on call-back costs after switching to Timber Frame.
As part of Modern Timber Frame’s overall quality philosophy, all structural timber is subjected to a rigorous mechanical stress graded to BS 5268. According to the NHBC (National Housing Building Council) in the UK and Homebond in Ireland, which inspects and insures many thousands of Timber Frame homes every year, that Timber Frame houses perform better than masonry homes, as more of the dwelling is made under closely controlled factory conditions.
Heat insulation in a Timber Frame home is contained within the inner structural timber leaf, resulting in a damp-free, energy-efficient house. No heat is lost to the block work, which translates into as much as 40% savings to you, which results in lower fuel bills and a better quality of life.
Convectional building materials have a high impact on the environment. In the construction of a concrete building, for example, over 75% of the total energy expended is used in the manufacture of construction materials. We give top priority to efficient energy conservation, and our attic and wall insulation’s, floor insulation and double-glazing are all designed to conserve energy.
The rock wool and fibre glass used as insulation material do not emit HFC’s or CPC’s and are manufactured in a process that uses up to eight times less embodied energy than alternative insulation materials. In addition, all timber pre-treatments used in Modern Timber Frame constructions are based on Boran, a preservative that has no negative effect on the environment and is not susceptible to fire.
Sustainable Managed Forests
Modern Timber Frame is committed to maintenance of forest resources. By using only timber that originates from sustainable and correctly managed forests, we contribute to the stewardship of forest ecosystems that maintain their biodiversity, regeneration capacity and vitality.