Timber Framed Construction
Timber-framed buildings are far quicker to erect than brick or stone buildings!
A quicker build time clearly saves time and money for both domestic and commercial property owners. The speed of the build is quicker with timber. A timber frame can be partly pre-cut, modulated, and built to precision making build time much quicker than for a brick build. Time is also saved, less building debris is around to clear.
Timber is an exceptionally durable material. Some well-made wooden structures last for centuries. Timber is versatile and can be used in a variety of ways, as they can be clad in almost any building material. Being light, it is easy to install and can be worked with simple equipment. Different species of tree produce timber of different colours, textures, and functional qualities.
Timber is made from carbon drawn from the atmosphere. This carbon would otherwise be adding to the greenhouse effect. Using timber in buildings stores the carbon for as long as the building stands or the timber is used.
Timber is a natural insulator and can help reduce energy needs. A timber frame allows more space for insulation than a brick building, and wood itself also has naturally thermally insulating properties. A better insulated home requires less energy to heat and cool, which typically means less fossil fuel use. Wood helps to minimise energy consumption in several ways. Life cycle of a product studies show that wood and timber frame houses significantly outperform steel and concrete. The major appeal of timber frame buildings is that they have the potential to be much greener than other building types.