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.

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