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What is Timber Frame?

A timber frame system differs from blocks and mortar construction in that the inner leaf is an insulated timber wall which is in essence, the structure itself. This is supplied complete with roof members, floor members and internal walls. Once the structure is assembled, internal works can commence and the outer leaf can be built.

Timber frame is a precision engineered structure producing inherent dimensionally accurate buildings producing high levels of air tightness and highly efficient energy performance.

It is a strong, durable and flexible build solution that can be designed to meet today’s demands of modern living.

The product is easily transported and erected in either mainstream or the most remote of locations.

Timber frame is a low carbon emission construction solution contributing the conservation of our environment.

Why Timber Frame?

A standard timber frame design can offer greater efficiency than its masonry equivalent and can be easily modified to provide maximum efficiency. Each design is tailored specifically to the customer’s individual needs.

Unitek Timber Frame Systems exceed all energy efficiency government regulations, meaning the home owner can save as much as 50% on their heating costs.

With well managed sustainable sourcing of timber and optimum design reducing raw material waste, the impact to the environment is minimised. In fact, timber frame is at the forefront of contributing to the challenge of ‘climate change’ in building, producing a product bound with quality and value for money.

Timber frame offers significant ‘speed of build’ with greater thermal and acoustic performance than its building material counterparts. Research by the BRE (Building Research Establishment) has found that timber and brick party walls are actually better at providing acoustic reduction than 'traditional' buildings.

Because the materials delivered to site are all that are required, wastage is minimised keeping the site much tidier and less hazardous. A traditional building requires approximately five times more materials to be delivered to the site than a timber frame building. This reduction in the number of lorry loads delivered puts less weight and traffic on the hardcore of the site, causing less damage to temporary road surfaces.

A timber frame system for a typical domestic dwelling can be assembled and made watertight in as little as four or five days, allowing internal work to commence. As skilled labour and machinery costs can be extensive, this reduction in overheads can translate into substantial savings and free up resources for other projects.

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