Why Timber Frame? - Creating Sustainable Buildings

Why Timber Frame? - Creating Sustainable Buildings

Why Timber Frame? - Creating Sustainable Buildings

The Advantages of Timberframe

Achieving sustainability - reduced use of energy and increased use of natural materials - is now a major requirement for new builds and is becoming increasingly important for planning approvals. 

Timber frame - the sustainable, flexible choice

  • When you use timber structures you’re actively helping to reduce the effects of global warming
  • Timber based wall, roof and floor panels create efficient, quick to build, low-carbon structures
  • Pre-fabricated offsite, easy to install, excellent strength to weight ratio
  • Timber frame construction is further enhanced by our various insulation options, which mean happy customers with lower heating bills and a brighter future for the planet
  • Timber frame allows you freedom in choosing the finished form of your home
  • Timber frame is fully recognized by all financial institutions and mortgage providers


  • The only renewable commercial building material and as a modern method of construction is effectively carbon neutral.
  • Lower embodied energy than other common building materials
  • Renewable material responsibly sourced from managed forests (FSC)
  • Requires less energy to construct buildings
  • Glulam products provide exceptional strength with design flexibility

Quality assured off-site manufacture

  • On average, timber frame build programmes are 30% faster than traditional methods
  • Fewer on-site defects
  • Greater efficiency and supply chain integration
  • Significantly improved on-site construction health and safety
  • 20-40% less on-site waste

Superb environmental credentials and cost efficiency

  • CO2 emissions for timber frame are up to six times lower than equivalent masonry building methods
  • Average timber frame home saves around 4 tonnes of CO2 compared with masonry
  • Energy efficiency is achieved through the high performance fabric of the building
  • Exceeds current Building Regulations including Building Regulations Part L and SAP targets on the Energy Performance of Buildings (EPC)

Find out more in the Technical Information section of this site

Planning Permission (PP)

Typically, timber frame structures are looked upon more favourably by local authorities when submitting applications for planning permission. Being a renewable and sustainable building medium, which meets the current emissions and low carbon guidelines in conjunction with SAP ratings etc, timber frame homes generally offer the best solution to meet your construction requirements / planning consent, while reducing environmental impact.

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High Speed Construction

The key to any successful build is getting the structure water tight as soon as possible. Timber frame construction is typically at least 30% quicker than traditional builds - the average 2/3 bedroom house can be erected in as little as one day and in the dry within 6-10 days.

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Services Designed for You

At SilvaFrame we produce a high quality kit and standard of finish which we believe is second to none, to ensure that our clients experience a faster and more reliable timber frame build with a professional service from start to finish.

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Find out more about the services offered by our partner company SC4 Carpenters Ltd.

Insulation & Air Tightness

SilvaFrame's upgrades, that can assist in achieving better U-values and improved air tightness. Picture illustrates floor zone membrane FCM 750 being fitted prior to Pozi joists installation.

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Winchcombe Cottage

This luxurious, energy efficient, 5 bed home was built in an area of outstanding natural beauty of West Berkshire to accommodate 4 generations. It replaced a 1930s timber house to gain the benefit of modern conveniences for the 21st century.

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Liz and Bruce's New 2 Bed House

Stress free, economic construction of 'awesome' end of terrace timber frame house

14 October 2013

Testimonial for SC4 Carpenters Ltd, re: Wash Common Newbury

Dear Conrad,

We would like to thank SC4 Carpenters for the efficient, stress free and economic construction of our new two bedroom timber frame home in Wash Common, Newbury.

The groundwork's for the property started at the beginning of May and we were able to move in by mid August. By comparison, a nearby property was having a two storey extension constructed in the traditional manner. The building works started during the same week as our groundwork's and is still not completed. We are in no doubt which method we prefer.

A passer-by commented yesterday that the house was ‘awesome’ and completely blended in with the existing terraced houses.

We would also like to compliment SC4 on their honest communication with us, which enabled us to make our plans without any concerns of late delivery of the project.

We would not hesitate to recommend SC4 & Silvaframe to anybody considering a new build.

Yours sincerely,

Liz & Bruce