Making the right decisions for the benefit of a building’s long term performance and user experience can be compromised by cost, lack of experience, and poor understanding of timber frame construction.
This guide aims to highlight some of the key points to consider along the pathway of designing, constructing and maintaining timber frame housing.
These points have been compiled reflecting on experience gained by delivering BMTRADA’s frameCHECK on-site quality consultancy service.
By helping the reader understand more about the consequences of some of the decisions to be made during construction.
This report has been compiled as part of the Home-Grown Homes Project, which looked into the way that timber is specified and used in construction, with its focus being on manufacturing. The aim of this document is to help all those involved with timber frame construction to deliver better performing and longer lasting homes.
This research was undertaken by Woodknowledge Wales to identify the range of timber construction systems or techniques that are available for use in Wales and to identify the extent to which Welsh-grown softwoods could be utilised in their production.
The projects showcased here represent a snap-shot of what’s happening throughout the whole of the UK, but with an emphasis on projects in Wales – from housing to retail, simple homes and social housing to high end self-build, as well as offices and schools.
This report focuses more particularly on timberdowelled Brettstapel panel manufacture where ‘super’ dry hardwood dowels are used to fix parallel softwood lamellae together.
An extract of a dissertation completed by Ben Sochacki for his M.Eng; Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath. The full dissertation is available contact WKW.