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Timber Frame building in Britain dates back to medieval times.  Throughout the UK there are some very fine examples of these buildings gracing our picturesque villages and towns.  Examples also abound in fine medieval towns and cities across Europe.  Their very existence endorses the durability of this method of construction. Timber frame homes in the rest of the world have always been popular ' and not just in tropical countries but also in locations with harsher climates, such as Canada, USA, Scandinavia and Switzerland where high thermal insulation specifications are required for housing.

Although many commercial house builders in the UK find old style ‘wet build’ practices easier, enabling them to put right any building inaccuracies without too much trouble, around 50% of self-builders have already opted for the greater precision, dry construction, and speed of erection provided by the timber frame method.

In the commercial housing market, traditional brick and block construction is still used extensively, but timber frame is now beginning to take over quite rapidly.  This is borne out by a rise in timber frame commercial house building in England in the last twelve months, from 6% in 2000 to 10% in the first half of 2001. The figure is much higher in Scotland from 45% in 2000 to 52% in the first half of 2001. Timber frame houses have always been more popular in Scotland than in England but in terms of total volume, they do not build as many.

Not surprisingly, the timber frame package, or ‘kit’ home industry has grown steadily over the last few years, offering self builders a variety of styles, sizes, designs and flexibility of 'hands on’ participation from design and delivery to site, to complete turn key solutions.

Selfbuilders have been heavily targeted by the fast growing timber frame package home industry, for good reason.  They recognise that selfbuilders are the innovators. Selbuilders know what they want and lead the way in building trends.  

For anyone that is still unsure about building with timber frame let us look at some differences between the two methods of construction.

With regard to time scales of construction, providing all runs smoothly, a typical timber frame house will take approximately 6 weeks less to build than a block & brick house. A timber frame house will take as little as twelve weeks to build and a weatherproof shell can be in place in less than a fortnight, cutting down the risk of delays due to adverse weather conditions. Building a house with block and brick will take approximately eighteen weeks to construct.  

The difference in the time scale is mostly effected by the fact that the timber frame is precision engineered off site and then when delivered, it can be erected in a few days. Building with bricks and blocks to first floor stage will take five to six weeks. The roof construction and tiling will also take longer.  

 Although bricks and blocks are generally cheaper materials than timber, specially engineered timber frames and the efficient modern factory based methods used to manufacture them save materials both in the structure and by reducing waste.  Consequently, on a ‘like for like’ basis, both methods cost about the same. However, because of the advantage of the speed of construction timber frame allows financial gains to be made. You will not need to hire scaffolding for as many weeks as ‘wet build’ builders. Walls and ceilings will meet to form precise right angles, which will make decorating and floor laying easier and will avoid wastage of materials. And your new property will not need months, if not years, to dry out properly.  This means you can decorate your warm, cosy, draft free property just as you like immediately, and avoid costly drying out and settlement cracks other problems.

Amendments to The Building Regulations part L which deal with energy conservation, came into effect from April 1st 2002.  These demand lower target U - values and set higher standards for thermal insulation and energy conservation in housing (see Table 1).

Timber frame construction has a long established ability to achieve high standards of thermal insulation and therefore has no problems with meeting and exceeding the new requirements. Brick and block construction may struggle more in this area, especially, if as rumoured, the target U-value is brought down even lower in the next few years.

SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) was introduced by the government in 1995 to ensure that all new homes would be more energy efficient. The annual energy cost is assessed per square metre of floor area. The ratings are expressed on a scale of 1 - 1000, the higher the figure the greater the energy efficiency. There is no minimum requirement, however, a rating lower than 60 would need to be improved, for example, by the installation of a high efficiency condensing boiler or 12mm double glazing.

The accepted robustness of brick and block construction, has already been mentioned. Solid concrete floors and partition walls are very efficient in their resistance to the transmission of sound and are highly resistant to fire. However, the advanced timber technologies now employed by Benfield ATT enables even higher standards to be attained. 

Although masonry can be drilled at any point for fixing shelves, kitchen units and the like, special ‘toggle’ fixings provides the same facility in timber frame if fixings are needed where no ‘stud’ is present.   


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United Kingdom Accreditation Service, certifying your timber frame project is manufactured and erected to reliable and quality ISO 9001:2000 procedures SGS - Society General de Surveillance ensures that quality systems and procedures are used in the design, manufacture and erection of your engineered timberframe structure is of the highest standard FSC - Forest Stewardship Council - FSC Timber Frame certification. Benfield ATT hold Chain of Custody certification for the Design, Sales, Manufacture & Distribution of Engineered Timber Structures – FSC endorsed by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and WWF and EcoHomes Investors in People, Benfield ATT are one of a few timber frame companies to hold an award for the training and ongoing development of their people and service

Chartered Building Consultancy - timber frame, OSM (off-site manufacture) and engineered timber structure advisors. Timber Research and Development Association – our work with TRADA ensures high quality, eco-friendly engineered Timber Frame build projects. The Green Register of Construction Professionals - Benfield ATT's membership demonstrates our passion for environmentally sustainable timber frame self-builds, new homes, schools and social housing for local housing authorities AECB - Association of Environment Conscious Building – our FSC certified timber frame is endorsed by The Ecology Building Society Impact Upon Society Big Tick Award from Business in the Community – BITC – award-winning timber frame company within the Timber-frame industry TRA - Trussed Rafter Association – our membership assures Timberframe Trusses, Trussed Rafters, roofs and complex and innovative roofscapes are quality HBF - the only developer partnering timber frame company to be members of the House Builders Federation. Wales Quality Centre – members and committee members, we ensure the highest quality, especially when coupled with ISO 9001, FSC certification and Q-Mark Plus standards RICS - Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, assures our customers of our professionalism in wood and timber frame building and developing and surveying

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