Timber Engineering Europe
Timber Frame Explained
TIMBER FRAME BUILDING
There is a great deal of confusion concerning this modern method of construction and in many
instances, Wooden Houses, Log Cabins and Garden Buildings are mistaken for Timber Frame. There
are two methods of Timber Frame construction known as
and the other is called
"Post and Beam"
a timber frame building is a fully engineered structural package that must
comply with many different rules and codes in the EU.
WHAT IS TIMBER FRAME?
Timber Frame Construction is exactly what it implies. It is the "bones" of a building. Just like
the human skeleton, it is extremely strong and supports everything inside it and has an outside
skin, usually brick, stone or render. The timber frame is an engineered solution and replaces
the almost redundant internal load-bearing block wall.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF A BUILDING IS TIMBER FRAME?
The short answer is "You don't". Timber Frame buildings look exactly like any other except that
they have many, many more advantages over old traditional methods of construction
(see benefits page). Timber Frame can be anything from a small home extension to
a 7 floor high block of apartments or a school building to a 300-bedroom hotel. In fact ANY
building can be constructed using this technology.
ARE THE HOUSES ALL STANDARD DESIGNS?
No, none of them are, except the Chalet and Lodges range, (and we can alter them to suit our
client's needs!) each property is bespoke and designed to the client's own specifications.
On receipt of planning drawings we then undertake engineering calculations, and each individual
project is re-designed taking into account many different factors including site location, wind
speeds over a long period, snow-loadings, building heights, elevations and geographic information
and so forth. Using these complicated formulae we then produce drawings for manufacture
and site erecting, which is all part of the service we provide.
IS IT TRUE THAT TIMBER FRAME ISN'T ALLOWED IN SPAIN AND PORTUGAL?
Timber Frame construction is recognized throughout the EU as a
mainstream method of construction as long as your project complies with Eurocodes 1 & 5 and
of course the building code of the country in which you wish to build - then there will be
no objection. Timber Engineering Europe will ensure that your project complies and will issue
all the necessary paperwork that is required for the local building control department.