The benefits of timber panel construction are now being reflected in the new homes market in the UK and Ireland and are becoming increasing popular within the industry. Although the exterior may not look different from a masonry building, in reality it is easier to insulate than a traditional building as the engineered timber framework provides a more flexible carrier which enables higher levels of insulation to be fitted effectively thereby taking advantage of the benefits of timber panel inside the building without compromising on the external finish outside.
When you consider that the majority of newly built homes are timber construction, it is obvious that there are marked benefits from this type of system.
Countries with wet and harsh climates, like Canada, Scotland and Scandanavia are increasingly choosing timber panel as the preferred method of building and, in doing so, are reaping the rewards. Austria and Germany choose timber panel systems for more than 70 years.
Unlike masonry construction the insulation in a timber panel home is contained inside the inner leaf ensuring that no heat is lost in the blockwork. Timber panel homes are easy to heat, cosy to live in and can result in savings in heating costs of up to 50 %. Timber panel homes are recognized as the most thermally efficient form of building.
As all timber panel components are manufactured under factory controlled conditions prior to delivery on site, the timber panel super structure can be erected and roofed with felt and tiling battens within days. This allows internal and external trade’s full access to proceed with their work regardless of the weather. The speed of erection reduces the amount of capital tied up in the work, reduces the interest charges and increases profitability. A house can be fully furnished and ready for occupation within weeks rather than months. With timber panel, right angles are true and edges are straight, resulting in greater ease in wallpapering, tiling, painting and carpet laying
We have in depth technical knowledge which can assist you to fulfil your design brief efficiently and with style. We work hand in hand with you to help you achieve what your client desires. The timber panel system is a fixed cost solution for builders and developers for either a supply or supply and erect package.
Timber panel can reduce your construction time by up to 50 %, no matter what the weather the timber panel can be erected as a full scaffolding system is in place prior to commencement. Plumbers and electricians can begin work as soon as the timber panel structure is up. This means these trades will be working on a house within a week of installation.
The advantage of a lightweight construction method means that a less expensive foundation is required. Just like a human skeleton, timber panel is engineered to precise tolerances and is strong and durable. Buildings can be achieved in areas with poorer ground conditions due to this mix of lightweight with rigidity, strength and durability.
Any issues that could potentially arise with a timber panel can be eliminated before it leaves the factory. As it is a dry form of construction there is no requirement for drying time and less risk of shrinkage.
The number of personnel required to complete a timber panel structure is less that is required for other forms of construction, the panels arriving on site are numbered in sequence to ensure smooth erection. Handling is reduced as a crane is used to lift the panels from the trailer to the building. More units can be built, with less staff in a shorter time period.
A full scaffolding is erected before panels arrive onsite which offers all trade personal an extra barrier of safety in their working environment. Due to a reduction in waste and excess material coming to site there are less unnecessary hazards. Timber panel sites are far tidier and therefore safer than other sites.