Benefits of Timber Frame
Using timber frame delivers a whole host of advantages as explained in our Fabric First campaign We have summarized the main advantages of timber frame below to form a handy checklist and ensure that you always think Fabric First.
It’s fast - Timber frame requires 20 per cent fewer on-site labour days and ensures a significantly faster construction period overall. This means a faster return on investment, reduced disruption to local communities, and tidier, safer sites. No unsold stock standing empty either, vulnerable to damage or vandalism.
Better value for money - There’s no longer any significant cost difference between timber frame and brick and block. But don’t just count the cost per cubic metre; the best way to unlock value in 2010 will be to explore with suppliers and subcontractors how they could deliver even more cost savings by working smarter and in closer partnership with you.
It’s low risk - Timber frame is tried and tested, and there is an ever-increasing body of people and businesses in the UK who know how to use it. The National Audit Office (NAO) confirms you get more price certainty, fewer delays due to bad weather, better health and safety and a more predictable build programme.
Design Flexibility – Timber frame systems are particularly suited to brownfield sites with poor soil conditions (sites that favour lighter buildings), and sites with restricted access. Modular components are also easy to transport whilst prefabricated panels offer strict quality control and fewer post erection quality problems.
Compliance with the Code for Sustainable Homes - Timber frame achieves the required standards easily, and wins big points for Housebuilders in terms of the environmental impact of materials, responsible sourcing, construction waste reduction, airtightness, sound insulation and the lifetime homes plan.
Carbon savings - Wood is effectively a carbon- neutral material (even allowing for transport), and timber frame 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. Every timber frame home saves about 4 tonnes of CO2.
Environmental credentials – Timber is an organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable building material.
It’s a UK manufacturing success story – An integral part of the British construction industry, the UK’s timber frame sector is made up of several hundred UK firms, large and small, involved in the design, manufacture and construction of timber frame buildings. It provides thousands of jobs for UK workers and for UK manufacturing.