Timber frame houses can be erected on site faster than any other method of construction. A typical home takes 3-4 weeks to manufacture and can be erected within 1 week, ready for your finishing trades to follow. Speed ensures that less capital is tied up in the build meaning lower interest rates. It also minimises disruption to local neighbours which is of interest to planners. Most importantly, your life as the new occupant is less disturbed as the wait to move into your new home will be significantly less – reducing any associated costs such as rent.
Lower Build Cost
Aside from the build cost itself being cheaper – timber frame also offers savings in many other areas. The speed of construction means for savings on scaffolding rental and other hire. Hold backs are eliminated as timber frame can be erected regardless of the weather conditions. Timber frame is quicker and therefore cheaper to insulate and make airtight. The labour cost to electricians and plumbers is significantly reduced as they can all work within the framing and joists. Your MHRV system can be run through for example – no need to chase or drill through block work. Plastering is also quicker and cheaper. The list goes on and on!
Be sure to specify that your home will be timber frame when quoting other trades – they almost always add a significant reduction. All of these factors must be taken into account when comparing like-for-like, and that’s not even taking into account energy efficiency!
A timber frame home is typically much more energy efficient than other methods of construction.
Well Insulated – reducing heat loss through the external walls and roof.
Airtight – reduced uncontrolled loss of heat resulting in lower heating bills. The process of making a timber frame home airtight is significantly quicker and than block construction.
Minimal Cold Bridging
Eliminates heat loss and uncomfortable cold spots. This is supported by a 62.5mm PIR insulated backed plasterboard.
Reduced the risk of over-heating. A timber frame has the ability to both heat and cool quickly. In comparison, block walls are known to feel cold to the touch and to hold heat for longer periods of time. However this is not something that is now desired in well insulated homes. The potential of over-heating is of greater concern.
Precision engineered panels which are constructed off site in a dry factory environment.
Timber removes CO2 from the environment as it grows and stores it for the lifetime of the build. In comparison, the cement used in block work emits carbon dioxide.
Low Embodied Energy
Timber takes 25 less times energy to produce than steel.
The laborious task of site cleaning is reduced through controlled and efficient off-site manufacturing. This also alleviates costs associated with skip hire and debris removal.