Self-build homes

Benefits of timber frame homes

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Did you know that timber frame buildings are typically more energy efficient than those built using other methods of construction?

Here, Kingspan provide useful information and respond to the myths surrounding timer framed buildings

Timber frame myths: Demystified

  • You cannot get a mortgage or insurance. You can. Most major housebuilders use timber frame construction and over 70 per cent of homes in Scotland are timber frame.
  • They do not last. New homes in the UK are designed with an anticipated life of 60 years in mind. Any property, timber frame or masonry that is properly maintained will achieve a much longer life.
  • What about fire? Statistics demonstrate that timber frame homes are no more prone to fire than masonry ones. Check that your timber frame provider has test evidence from independent bodies that proves they meet regulatory requirements.
  • Timber homes are noisy. Timber homes don’t have to be noisy. Many offer robust acoustic solutions which minimise noise transfer between and within dwellings, so you don’t have to hear your neighbour’s music, the sound of traffic outside or the television in the next room.


Why build with timber frame?

There are numerous benefits of choosing a timber build system for your new home. Timber frame and structural insulated panel (SIP) homes tend to offer homeowners a fast build route, saving you time and money on-site. Most timber frame kits can be fully erected on site within 2-4 weeks, meaning you’ll quickly see the whole structure of your new home.

Timber frame homes are warmer to live in. Due to the fact they’re highly insulated, heat loss through the roof and external walls is reduced significantly. As timber homes are extremely airtight, you could also expect to see lower energy bills.

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How does timber frame compare to masonry?

Masonry builds have advantages, but they can typically be slower to build and require time for drying and strength development. As timber frame is a dry process it can progress in almost any weather.

When it comes to value for money, building with a timber frame is the best route to an energy efficient home. You will achieve far higher levels of thermal efficiency with a timber frame home. You’ll have more certainty about the total cost of your build, as the parts are specifically made for your design, and are made to measure for a set price.

The reason timber is so widely used is not only because it is simply tried and tested — it gives self-builders a great deal of certainty and security prior to and during the build process. The savings you make at this stage are then reflected again in the life of the home — through reduced energy bills and the need for repairs.

Timber Frame is Sustainable

It’s important to consider the environmental benefits of building with timber, too. Wood is a renewable material. To ensure it originates from sustainable forests – ask for chain of custody evidence from your timber frame provider. Timber has a lower embodied energy than all other mainstream construction materials. 
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