WHAT IS TIMBER FRAME?

Timber frame is an off-site form of construction which utilises timber as the principal structural support of the entire building. It is a precision engineered method of construction which is flexibly in design and performance.

Structural panels are formed with studs, rails, structural sheeting (OSB or PLY) and breather membrane which are designed to transfer loads imposed from floors and roof to the foundations which can be constructed at a lower cost due to the fact timber frame is a lightweight structure. Timber is sourced from sustainable forests and all timber is PEFC certified.

The systems available are categorised as open panel, pre-insulated, hybrid or closed panel and can be specified to include factory fitted insulation, airtightness, service zones and more. With off-site construction, the panels are built in a dry, quality controlled environment which ITFMA members strictly adhere to NSAI standards and are audited on an annual basis.

Timber frame construction can be designed to deliver excellent thermal and airtightness standards and is the ideal construction method of a modern energy efficient building.

Timber frame is completely designed and engineered prior to arriving on-site meaning any potential problems can be designed out before becoming an onsite issue which could become costly.

Timber frame construction is externally clad directly with different types of lightweight cladding, brick, masonry or render board

Advantages of timber frame include:

  • Fast and efficient form of construction
  • Flexibility of layout
  • Reduced dependence on wet trades
  • Superior insulation properties leading to energy savings
  • a variety of exterior finish possibilities
  • Superior thermal and acoustic qualities
  • Environmental excellence