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Why choose timber frame?


Simon Orrells, chairman of the UKTFA, the trade body representing the majority of UK timber frame manufacturers, design engineers, specialist suppliers and erectors takes some time to provide our readers with some definitive guidance, advice and tips on how to get the best from your self build project.


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t is generally accepted by most self builders that timber frame homes cost less to heat, are built to higher standards and offer a


design flexibility seldom delivered with other build methods. Timber frame gives you all this with minimal impact on the environment, one of the reasons why timber frame has consistently been the preferred method of choice in Government funded housing projects over the last few years, aiding the journey to zero carbon homes by 2016. Something you may not know


is that right across the World more people choose timber frame than any


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other building system – with timber frame accounting for 70% of low-rise family housing in Scotland, North America and Scandinavia . In the UK, more and more builders are choosing to build houses of all shapes and sizes, right up to multi-storey flats in timber frame. More and more self builders throughout the UK are choosing timber frame as their preferred build method. Nowadays all new buildings have


to conform to new thermal efficiency standards. But, because wood is such a good natural insulator, enhancing the efficiency of the insulation materials, timber frame buildings


have been meeting or exceeding these standards for years. And they are more comfortable to live in; thanks to the excellent insulation of the structural shell, the whole home heats up more quickly, without any cold areas. Better insulation, hand-in-hand with detailed draught-proofing, means a smaller boiler, lower heating bills and a cosier, more comfortable home. A huge benefit to self builders is


that timber frame really puts you in control. The timber frame structural shell accounts for around 40% of the overall construction process. A weather-tight shell, manufactured


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