Timber Frame Buildings
All our Timber framed houses and other buildings are designed and manufactured at our factory in Yorkshire. We do not buy components from any other manufacturer. We have become well established with a reliable reputation for the design and manufacture of timber frame buildings. We are fully aware of the importance of completing projects on time to your specifications. Roof truss and timber frames supplied and erected. We are CDM regulations compliant. As we are also a timber merchant with our own sawmill and timber treatment plant we are able to undertake a broader range of components than most of our competitors.
Why choose Shire Timber for your timber frame house or timber frame building?
The Advantages of Shire Timber Houses and other timber frame buildings
At Shire Timber we offer all the standard advantages of timber frame house construction plus a great deal more.
An introduction to Timber Frame Construction.
Timber Frame House Construction, in its present form, has been used throughout the Northern Hemisphere for over a century. It has been widely used in Scotland during the last 50 years and has proven to be both reliable and excellent value for money.
The components, which make up a timber frame building, are manufactured to a high quality and tolerance, in a controlled factory environment. All timbers are kiln dried and treated to protect them from insect attack and decay. Structural timbers are regularised (planed) for accuracy and ease of handling.
Most timber frame houses can be erected to a watertight shell within 48 hours of delivery. The speed of erection is achieved due to the components being substantially completed in the factory and requiring only final assembly on site. Site cutting and fitting is minimal. The building is rapidly made watertight eliminating the ingress of moisture thereby reducing the chance of 'drying out' movement and shrinkage so often seen in traditional buildings. By achieving a watertight and secure shell at an early stage in the construction programme the overall construction period is substantially reduced. All internal trades can progress while the external cladding and site work is completed. Effective site management can reduce a contract programme by up to 50% compared to traditional building methods. It is not uncommon for customers to have houses occupied 5 weeks after the structural frame delivery.
Timber frame buildings have a high thermal efficiency (U-value) which far exceeds that of traditional building materials, and offers up to 70% savings on energy costs. As the Building Regulations are continually revised to improve the thermal efficiency of buildings, the technology is uniquely suited to achieve and improve on the requirements of the regulations. Current Building Regulations require an external wall 'U' value of 0.35W/m2K, current indications say this will reduce even further in the not too distant future. This requirement will be difficult and expensive to achieve using traditional brick and block materials and will also increase the foot print size of the house. The 'U' values achieved by timber frame construction already exceed the requirements of the new Building Regulations at no extra cost and no increase in foot print size. Higher sound insulation is also achieved using timber construction which is of particular benefit in semi-detached and terraced housing. The improved sound insulation is achieved primarily by incorporating a complete structural break between the dwellings thereby removing the possibility of sound transmission through the structure.
Timber frame construction is also environmentally friendly. Raw materials are drawn from renewable resources and not virgin forest. Timber is a natural, non-toxic, organic, recyclable, renewable and biodegradable material. Energy consumption in buildings account for 50% of the UK's carbon dioxide emissions. Very little energy is consumed in the manufacture of a timber frame building.
Timber Frame House Specifications
Non-Load Bearing Internal Panels
Load Bearing Internal Panels
In certain cases it may be necessary to fix sheathing to the panel for racking purposes.
Energy and the environment
There is an increasing concern regarding the environment. Global warming, caused by the build up of 'greenhouse' gases such as CO2, is one of the most serious threats our planet has ever faced. Most people and organisations are now well aware of the importance of saving energy in the running costs of buildings but what consideration has been given to how much energy is used by the individual materials that go into their construction?
The Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA) has published a report which has revealed some startling facts about the amount of energy required to produce individual building components. Research into a 'Green Building' examined the energy impact of buildings on the environment by comparing the individual elements. It took into account all elements from mining of the original materials, felling the timber and all stages of manufacture right through to the product leaving the factory gates. The resulting total of energy used expressed in kilowatt-hours (kWh), being the same units used on electricity and gas bills, is known as the Product Energy Requirement or PER. Refer to illustration overleaf.
In today's more energy conscious world, timber frame construction methods offer an option which is not only more time and cost effective, but is also more energy efficient. Compared to alternative building materials such as steel, aluminium or concrete, timber requires very little energy to produce, creates no harmful waste and is, above all, the only natural renewable resource.
ALL timber used by Shire Timber Ltd is obtained from sustainable managed resources where reforestation programmes ensure that more trees are planted than are felled. New trees actually produce more oxygen than do old trees and also absorb more carbon dioxide thereby helping to create a cleaner and environmentally better world in which to live.