Why choose timber frame?
Timber frame has long been a popular system among self-builders. Its speed of build, quality, and thermal and sustainable benefits make it an excellent build option. Plus, as it offers a complete build solution – providing all the walls, floors and roof with one engineer and one point of contact – it gives much better programme certainty and cost control.
One of the main advantages of building in timber is its ease of construction. Timber systems are made in a factory, which speeds up construction onsite, reducing project overheads and improving overall build standards.
For those with an eye on environmental considerations, timber is the only organic, non-toxic, naturally renewable building material – and all Frame Technologies timber is sourced from well-managed forests. Plus, using timber helps to ensure that the building has an air-tight envelope, meaning that heat doesn’t escape; which has the twin advantages of helping the environment while also lowering heating bills.
Timber frame also offers design flexibility. With a wide range of innovative products and cladding solutions, modern timber systems deliver warm, cosy and beautiful buildings, allowing self-builders to realise their dream home, however simple or elaborate their plans.
Open panel or closed panel timber frame?
Open panel timber frame
Open panel systems are structurally engineered panels that form the inside load-bearing leaf of the external wall, comprising studs, rails, sheathing on one face and a breather membrane. The open panel system is made from treated softwood timber framing, over which a structural sheet material of either Ply or OSB board is fixed. Depending on the system, U-values ranging from 0.26 down to 0.15 W/m²K, can be achieved when insulation is installed on site.
Closed panel timber frame
Closed panel solutions are made from studs, rails and insulation, with sheathings and/or linings on the faces of the panel. A vapour barrier is also provided on the warm side of the insulation and a breather membrane on the outer face of the panel. Closed panels can also include fitted windows and internal service zone battens, for ease of installation and construction. These solutions have been designed to deliver excellent thermal and airtightness properties, and U-values from 0.30 right down to 0.09 W/m²K can be achieved.
A Frame Technologies Timber Frame
At Frame Technologies, we design, manufacture and install a wide range of timber frame solutions, including our own TechVantage™ Systems, which deliver exceptional energy-efficient building envelopes, with the capability of exceeding building regulations to deliver Passivhaus performance, if the brief demands it.
The TechVantage™ range includes a super insulated panel system, a super insulated breathable closed panel system, and a super insulated breathable twin frame panel system.
The lower the U-Value, the better the insulation, and our insulation solutions can achieve between 0.30 and less than 0.09 W/m²K, meeting the minimum required U-Value of 0.30 W/m²K in external walls of new build homes.
All of our projects are truly bespoke, so the panel design, insulation levels and specification are designed to suit the requirements of each individual project.
What are the advantages of building with timber frame?
At Frame Technologies, we’re passionate about timber frame, and the team has been building with timber for over 30 years. The material offers many benefits to the self-builder:
- Speed of build – timber frame guarantees a much faster construction time than other materials
- Ease of construction – as the timber frame itself is made in a factory, the build onsite is much easier
- Sustainability – timber offers superb environmental credentials; it’s organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable
- Certainty of build programme – the timber frame components are pre-fabricated in our factory and you’re less affected by the good old British weather causing delays to the build
- Complete build solution – timber frame is the only solution to offer all the walls, floors and roof in one package, with one designer and engineer, and one point of contact. This aids budget control, programme certainty and quality of build
- Design flexibility – the timber frame can be design engineered to your exact specification; the only limits are your imagination
- Offsite manufacture – less time building on site makes it quicker, cheaper and safer
- Quality – as most of the manufacture is done in a factory, there are higher levels of quality control
- Cost efficiencies – you have more control over your build costs in the short term, while also saving money on your energy bills in the long term
- Lightweight – making it easier and cheaper to build with on site
- Thermal efficiency – timber frame delivers the most air-tight and energy efficient envelope of any building material on the market.
When building with timber frame, always choose a tried and tested, accredited manufacturer. Look for the STA Assure logo, as this means that the business has been independently audited for the Structural Timber Association’s membership and quality standards scheme, offering reassurance that they follow industry best practice.