Advantages of timber frame
In the construction industry, time is money. You’ll be pleased to hear that using timber frame technology saves both.
On average, a timber-framed house takes eight weeks less to build than traditional building methods, saving approximately 2.8% on overall build costs and up to 19.5% programme savings.

Keep reading for four fantastic advantages of timber frame construction, and why if you’re not using timber already, you should do so in your next development. 

Quality guaranteed


Timber frames are manufactured off-site in controlled factory conditions.
 
Offsite manufacture guarantees product quality and consistency. Your timber frame will be subject to thorough inspection and quality assessment throughout the manufacturing process. 
 
Offsite manufacture streamlines your supply chain as outsourcing this element of the build reduces the likelihood of design-related errors.
 
You can also more accurately set timescales for your building programme. Offsite production means you aren’t as affected by delays caused by the British weather.

Onsite cost reductions


Premanufacturing your timber frame offsite reduces the cost of your building programme.
 
It reduces the need for onsite specialist skills. You’ve effectively outsourced those to the manufacturer. It also creates a safer work environment for your team, as it’s less labour intensive.
 
Premanufacture prevents spiralling onsite costs. A timber-framed house is watertight much faster than traditional building methods, with no drying or curing times. Great news if the weather takes a turn for the worse.
 
Timber frames also save time for other tradespeople performing first fixes. Service voids in closed panel timber frames mean easy access to walls and spacious housing for wires and pipes. 
 
When the build is complete, there is significantly less waste, which is great for the environment. Because timber is a renewable source, the vast majority of debris is reusable. For example, at Pinewood Structures, we use waste timber to heat our factory. 

Timber is a low carbon solution

 
Trees absorb and store carbon dioxide (CO). One cubic metre of timber contains approximately one tonne of CO. Using timber in construction is an environmentally conscious choice as it both captures carbon, and uses less carbon to produce. Timber significantly reduces the embodied carbon and operational carbon cost of a new build.
 
Timber is a better insulator than concrete, steel, and brick due to its structural air pockets. It’s also far lighter than traditional building materials, meaning it costs less to transport and requires less energy to construct a building. Both these factors contribute to reducing the lifetime carbon cost of a building.

Timber is versatile, durable, and easy to maintain

 
Both natural and durable, timber can be cladded using any external material.
 
What’s more, its lightweight properties mean we can use it in ways we can’t use bricks, cement, and steel. We can build timber-framed structures on difficult land conditions including brownfield sites, because the final building is far lighter, and the gravitational load is less, leading to potential reduced foundation costs.
 

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