new build homes are future-proofed with low-carbon heat and power and world-leading levels of energy efficiency – tying in with the Chancellor’s pledge to reduce fossil fuel use in homes by 2025. The industry is already well-equipped

to scale up its adoption of timber as a build fabric combined with modern methods of construction. The UK offsite timber frame infrastructure in the form of supply-chain, materials, skills and capacity already exists to meet current and future housing targets, and modern timber techniques have been used in thousands of new home builds for decades.

The advantages of using offsite timber

move towards low-carbon homes, both in a home’s production and in its use. The latest announcement reinforces the commitment from the UK Government, and further builds on the original Code for Sustainable Homes methodology for assessing new builds. The Future Homes Standard ensures

frame are three-fold: low energy demand, a carbon-neutral raw material, and a proven, reliable, cost-effective way of building high quality energy efficient homes. It’s therefore clear that in the multi-faceted approach which must be taken to create sustainable climate resilient homes for the future, timber, and a fabric-first approach, will play a central role in enabling those other facets, such as renewable energy and smart technologies, to work as efficiently and harmoniously as possible. While offsite timber frame construction provides housebuilders with many of

the answers, it’s also collaboration within the industry that will be crucial in bridging the housing gap. Industrialisation through offsite construction, digital working and lean site assembly can deliver high-quality homes costing the same or less than houses which have been built traditionally. Taking a timber frame, fabric-first

approach to homes is the most effective means of meeting major housebuilding and net-zero carbon targets sustainably. It’s affordable, proven, and requires no maintenance in the long-term. An approach which is cost-efficient year-on- year for the lifetime of the development, it positively impacts the social agenda as more efficient homes reduces energy bills for tenants, thereby decreasing fuel poverty. For many, building low-carbon homes

is already high on the agenda, and has been for some time. However, measures such as the Future Homes Standard will simply underpin and provide additional momentum to drive the uptake of offsite timber frame construction as the go-to solution of choice across the UK.

Stewart Dalgarno is director of product development at Stewart Milne Timber Systems

“More and more has to be done off-site”

Nick Whittle, joint md of timber frame manufacturer Target Timber Systems, says that “all building methods have to meet the same strict criteria laid down by local authority building control and/or the clients specific requirements. The construc-

tion industry has seen more change in the last 30 years than it has in the past 130 years, under floor heating, cross laminated timber, SIPs, cavity insulation, pre-insulated timber frame, engineered beams to name but a few and it will continue to change but needs to be faster if we are going to meet demand. Whether we like it or not more and more has to be done off- site in factory controlled conditions or its not going to happen at all.”

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Imperial Bricks, a leading supplier of tradi- tional handmade, pressed, waterstruck and wirecut bricks, has introduced a new range of Pre-War Common bricks with a difference. Unique to the UK and available from Imperial Bricks, the bricks are ‘dual-faced’, with one ‘clean’ face/header, and one weathered. This allows builders to use either face, whether matching up to

existing brickwork for RMI, using the ‘clean’ or weathered faces or create a blend of mixed finishes to add character. This new brick is one of more than 50 shades and styles of bricks offered by Imperial.

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