The world of self build timber frame is one where homes are snug, warm and draught free. Low running costs are matched by precise engineering quality and a new home doesn’t need to come at the expense of future generations.
Nowadays all new buildings have to conform to new thermal efficiency standards but because wood is such a good natural insulator, enhancing the efficiency of the insulation materials, timber frame buildings have been meeting or exceeding these standards for years. In addition they are more comfortable to live in; thanks to the excellent insulation of the structural shell, the whole home heats up more quickly, without any cold areas. Better insulation, hand-in-hand with detailed draught-proofing, means a smaller boiler, lower heating bills and a cosier, more comfortable home.
What is Timber Frame?
Traditional brick and block houses have two ‘leafs’. Generally speaking the outer leaf is brick, the inner leaf is block and the cavity in between the two is filled with insulation. Timber frame does away with the block inner skin and replaces it with a robust structural wooden frame. Once the frame is erected an external outer skin of brickwork is installed on site. Exterior walls are still built in the conventional way. This means that you enjoy the benefits of timber frame inside the home, without compromising on the strength afforded by conventional brick walls on the outside.
A Benjamin Allen Timber Frame panel is pre-filled with high performance rigid insulation. A small cavity remains that your cables and pipe sit in and a vapour control layer (VCL) is fixed over this and covered by plasterboard ready for your plasterers to skim.
Why choose Timber Frame?
Timber has many properties which make it a leading material for construction in a modern day environment. Timber contains less embodied energy than comparable building materials and is one of the few renewable structural building material available today. This makes timber the leader in an industry that is continually promoting the need for higher levels of energy efficiency and sustainability.
The advantages of a Benjamin Allen Self Build include the following:
- Rapid speed of construction – On average a self build timber frame requires 20 per cent fewer on-site labour days reducing the overall construction period for a project. This allows for a faster return on investment and reduced disruption to local communities. A timber frame building can be watertight within 2 weeks allowing the internal fit out works to commence.
- Superior thermal performance – Timber frames can be engineered to achieve low U-values generating excellent thermal properties.
- Non weather dependant – The construction of a timber frame can be carried out at anytime of the year.
- Design Flexibility – Timber frame systems can be designed and adapted for use on all types of structures and transported for erection on restricted sites. Modular components are easy to transport whilst our prefabricated panels offer strict quality control and fewer post erection quality problems. Timber frame structures can accommodate a wide range of external finishes and claddings, easy installation of services and are easy to customise and extend.
- Prefabricated – The timber frame can be manufactured off-site under strict quality controls which results in a higher quality product that is easier to erect.
- Superior acoustic performance – Our timber frame structures can be engineered to dramatically exceed statutory regulations.
- Potential for reduced build cost – due to speed, quality and ease of erection
- Reduction of waste – resulting in better cost efficiencies.
- Sustainable construction – Arguably the most sustainable construction method as all timber is sourced from renewable supplies.
- Compliance with the Code for Sustainable Homes – Timber frame achieves the required standards easily, and wins big points for Self Builders in terms of the environmental impact of materials, responsible sourcing, construction waste reduction, air tightness, sound insulation and the lifetime homes plan.