Timber frame construction has evolved a great deal over recent years. From the days of thin timber used to construct reasonable (but not the warmest or most sound proof of constructions), you can now build a timber frame construction that contains enough insulation to allow you to construct your home without the need for any heating other than that generated naturally!
There are many variations of timber frame construction. You can use a standard timber frame using a 140/145mm stud, space stud or open web stud which is generally 2 sections of separate timber held together with another element for example metal ties, I joist stud which is two sections of solid timber or laminated timber which are again separated but held together with another section of timber usually something like MDF, OSB or a hardboard.
ACJ Group offer a wide range of services and supply a variety of timber frame wall systems with U-Values ranging from 0.14 W/m2K – 0.09 W/m2K and the Therm-u-wall system achieving a U-Value of 0.08W/m2K, one of the most energy efficient closed panel systems on the market, ideal for use in passive house construction. If you would like some more information, please feel free to contact us on 01343 559327.
This lists just a few and due to the possibilities and availability of new methods of timber use, the list will expand for over future years.
One key advantage timber frame has over the traditional building (Brick or Block work construction) is the ability to insulate the centre of the frame (in addition to fixing onto the inside or outside as with traditional construction). This means you can fully utilise insulation in your new build, minimising heat loss and opening up the possibility of your new house paying you back over the years with its energy efficient construction.
Choosing a timber frame
When it comes to deciding which is the best choice of timber frame to go for, the best things to do here are (i) discuss the options with your Architect but probably more importantly (ii) do your research. Due to the ever-evolving types of timber frame, it’s quite possible you will find something that your architect has never have heard of!
Remember not every system will be available in your area and the costs of getting your choice to the site may be uneconomic and there may be an equally good but more cost effective choice. Think about the detailing. The thicker the timber frame the thicker your foundations may need to be. Ask your architect to look into the suitability of your design and consider involving a structural designer involved as it’s often best to leave the detailing and design to the experts.