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Digital Subscriptions > Build It > January 2019 > 10 great timber frame projects

10 great timber frame projects

Whether you’re looking to create a sleek new home or a traditional extension, this construction method could be the perfect solution for you, says Rebecca Foster

Contemporary Passivhaus

A green ethos lies at the heart of this eye-catching modern scheme, the design of which was developed by Gresford Architects. A highly insulated skeleton (manufactured offsite by MBC Timber Frame) was key to achieving the certified Passivhaus standards of energy performance. The structure was erected in just three weeks, with the swift construction speed minimising the amount of labour required on site.

Recycled paper insulation and sustainably-sourced wood cladding were also chosen to help reduce the overall carbon footprint of the project.

From ultra-swift construction speeds to impressive energy performance credentials, the timber frame method comes with an array of enticing advantages, both for self builds and extension projects. Whether you choose an open or closed panel arrangement, much of the work (particularly with the latter option) is done under factory-controlled settings, so the build components come with a high degree of accuracy out of the box.

The precision of the manufacturing and quality control process also allows homeowners to achieve high levels of thermal efficiency, up to Passivhaus standards. Plus, systems that incorporate responsibly sourced timber tend to score high in terms of sustainability credentials, too.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Adding space & value to your period home - 10 must-see timber frame homes - The benefits of serviced plots for self builders - Stylish stoves & fireplaces