Think Fabric First

Think Fabric First


Building in timber frame makes achieving a high performance building fabric, easy due to its thermal efficient airtight structure.

For the Builder, Developer & Architect
Building in timber frame makes achieving a high performance building fabric, easy due to its thermal efficient airtight structure.  You can relax safe in the knowledge, that timber frame has the lowest embodied CO2 of any commercially available building material, whilst delivering up to a 33% reduction in energy consumption for large detached houses and up to 20% for apartments.  By selecting timber frame for developments you ensure a faster return on your investment, by guaranteeing a faster construction time with the costs of achieving higher code levels dramatically reduced.  Think Fabric First.

Timber frame is the obvious choice for achieving Levels 3 & 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. It maximises thermal performance, minimises air leakage and allows you to confidentially meet your SAP targets without fuss.  So to achieve the Code the low risk way, let timber frame do all the hard work for you.

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By using timber within the fabric of a building you can reduce energy consumption through improved thermal performance, air tightness and better insulation.  By using timber frame you can achieve a greater return on investment, whilst increasing your home’s appeal to design and environmentally conscious buyers in the future

High Thermal Performance

  • Timber frame is the natural choice for achieving Levels 3 to 6 of the Code of Sustainable Homes through reduced waste and the environmental impact of materials, increased air tightness, sound insulation and increased thermal efficiency
  • It is easier to make a dwelling airtight using timber frame than  masonry, as it is ideally suited to prefabricated construction in controlled factory conditions
  • Timber has a low coefficient of thermal conductivity; requiring less insulation than other materials, such as steel frame, to achieve the same U-value
  • Under the CfSH extra cre4dits are awarded based on the Heat Loss Parameter (HLP) of dwellings, which is excellent, which is excellent news when building with timber frame
  • Achieving compliance under Code Level 6 is easier
  • A lightweight timber building can be made thermally efficient with good insulation and air tightness at minimal added cost

Cost Efficiency

  • Timber frame is the most popular construction method providing a low risk method of building and a greater return on investment
  • Timber frame dwellings can achieve compliance with a Heat Loss Parameter (HLP) of 1.3, 11 and 0.8 with considerably lower costs than a typical masonry dwelling
  • Typically, the cost differential has been assumed to be in order of 2.2% to 5.2%
  • Contrary to the general belief the whole life costs are not significantly different between timber frame and masonry
  • Timber frame is tried and tested, and there is an ever-increasing number of people and businesses in the UK who know how to use it

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