Although the oldest form of construction it has changed a lot from the binding together of some timbers and covering it in mud, horse hair and dung. Timber frame had poor press back in the 70's due to poor construction and lack of control and has taken a while to comeback into being used. With the introduction of Code 5 (The Code for Sustainable Homes) launched in 2006 timber frame is being used considerably more. The primary concern in timber frame construction is fire, we can assist with identify defects with cavity barriers and dry-lining during construction and advise where we have concerns of burn times not meeting the required standard.
We carry out audits of a houses and apartments providing a report within 72 hours identifying areas where items require attention. Our inspection should be carried out after the inspection by the timber frame company so that they have the opportunity to rectify their snags . This will provide you with a visual record of the defects seen in the properties so that they can be rectified immediately and not prevent progress of the construction.
Where visits are undertaken at pre-plaster and first floor masonry height the risk can be significantly reduced as most of the items related to fire and to damp penetration can be identified. Our report can then be reviewed by the builder, the Clerk of Works and the trade supervisors re-occurrence of these issues can be prevented. If required, we are also able provide training at various levels in areas that continue to present defects.
With the need to comply with increasing levels of the Code for Sustainable Homes, timber frame construction is the preferred choice. However, although not a new form of construction it is difficult to be sure that the timber frame is being built correctly, and in accordance with the, Manufacturer’s details, Trada Timber Frame Construction Handbook and Warranty provider’s standards without quality audits at key stages of the construction
With the damage that occurs with damp penetration and the potential risk of fire spread when occupied, getting it right to prevent these is more critical than ever. As mentioned under the services page, reliance can not be placed on the warranty provider who carries out inspections only to reduce the risk of a claim being made, and the Building Regulations are only minimum standards mainly for health and safety requirements and not everything is inspected well. Details can also be found concerning problems with timber frame at Timber frame fires.