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With the number of new timber homes being built in the UK
on the rise, David Wright, marketing manager for Schiedel
looks at the advantages and explains why he believes
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wooden homes and wood-fi red heating are a perfect match.
Last year’s Timber Trends report, published
by the Structural Timber Association
(STA), estimated that timber frames would
be used in the construction of 27% of new
homes in the UK by the end of 2017. This fi gure is
supported by research undertaken by Savills and
Scottish Woodland, whose own report projects a
fi gure of 32% by the end of 2018.
The advantages of building with timber frames
as opposed to more traditional block and brick
are various; precision and accuracy, the speed of
construction and reduced site labour are all big
pluses, but it’s the sustainability of wood that
seems to be a growing factor in its appeal.
On target timber
Modern, high quality timber frame properties are
helping the government to meet its ambitious
home-building targets, providing long-lasting,
an attempt to overcome the shortfall in housing
cost effective and viable buildings to house
stock and produce energy effi cient buildings; a
future generations. Thanks to the use of off-site
boost which will see manufacturing techniques
prefabrication, if a timber frame structure is used,
and technologies in the timber industry’ progress
there’s a signifi cant saving on construction time.
even further in the years to come.
For example, a two-storey house will take 30%
less time to build in timber, compared to more
traditional brick and block.
As energy effi ciency continually becomes more
This speed of construction is highlighted in
and more important to clients and designers,
the government’s Housing White Paper, which
specifi cally supports off-site factory built homes in Continued on page >>>