Frequently asked questions Let's go! Why Timber Frame? Timber Frame imposes fewer restrictions in terms of the design of your house. Timber houses are quick to construct, which improves the cost-effectiveness of your build. Timber houses are manufactured off site, which increases quality through strict monitoring under factory-controlled conditions. Once your frame is up it allows all other elements of the build to proceed. Timber is a natural insulator, which outperforms masonry in terms of meeting regulatory energy efficiency values (it’s a better acoustic insulator, too). How is a Timber Frame House different from a Masonry House? The difference between timber frame and conventional block and mortar constructions is that the internal leaf of block work is replaced by a timber frame structure. After the internal plasterboard finish, the final appearance is no different to its masonry counterpart. Is a Timber Frame House at more risk of Fires? Unlike other forms of construction Timber Frame does not bend at high temperatures, nor does it flake. In a fire, this allows the loss of structural integrity to be slow and controlled, making it a safer home to be in. Will I have to pay more Insurance with a Timber Frame house? Insurance companies generally draw no distinction between modern Timber Frame Houses and Brick and Block constructions. How long will a Timber Frame House Last? In Britain, Timber Frame has been used for hundreds of years, you can find Timber Frame buildings from the 12th Century that are still around today. Today’s frames have the added benefit of superior timber quality, modern preservatives and advanced building practices, so a new Timber Frame house will last as well as any other new home. In terms of durability, NHBC records indicate that timber frame homes tend to perform better than masonry homes. How Strong is a Timber Frame structure? Timber Frame technology provides enormously strong structural elements capable of supporting multi-storey construction. Modern Timber Frame systems are routinely used for student residences, blocks of flats and hospitals. How does Timber Frame construction affect the Environment? There is no more environmentally friendly way to build; Timber Frame is the only genuinely sustainable method of construction. Unlike tropical forests, responsibly managed Nordic and UK forests are actually growing in size, despite the increase in Timber Frame demand. Timber contains less embodied energy than other building materials. If all UK housing over the last 50 years had been built to today’s timber frame standards 300,000,000 tonnes of CO² production would have been saved.