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Wherry Housing Association wanted its Mayfield Rd, development in Huntingdon to 'promote sustainability'

Code 5 with flair

PRP Architects and Kingspan Potton aimed to rack up the ecopoints on a new housing association development, but not by just bolting together airtight boxes. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  10 July, 2010

Kingspan Potton is working with Barratt on level 6 200-home Hanham Hall near Bristol, the first English Partnerships’ Carbon Challenge winner

From heritage to heat pumps

The newly-formed Kingspan Potton business brings together seemingly contrasting approaches to timber-based building, but the company says it’s a blend that works. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  10 July, 2010

Site Safe is mandatory for UKTFA members

Tackling a hot issue

Following several serious timber frame construction site blazes, the UK Timber Frame Association has launched a major new fire safety initiative. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  25 March, 2010

Tim Crump describes Oakwrights houses as “country contemporary” – a modern design softened by the oak frame

Oakwrights’ “try before you buy” show home is an expensive luxury, but one that pays dividends

In the frame

Green oak frame specialist Oakwrights combines traditional values with hi-tech production. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  19 February, 2010

Existing pitch-roofed, brick-skinned SMTS timber frame houses are more likely to be the model for Sigma II designs than the ‘eco-home’ of the future look of the BRE test-bed building

Fit & forget

After intensive research, Stewart Milne Timber Systems’ maxim for eco-housing success is keep it  simple, stupid. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  22 October, 2009

Scotframe Timber Engineering's Supawall closed panel system

Panel experts

The market generally may be slow, but timber frame manufacturers continue to pick up the pace in the development of new panel systems

Published:  29 June, 2009

Timber frame offers developers quick build times and reduced wastage

The dawn of a new market

When the economic upturn comes and the urgent need for fast, sustainable building becomes even more critical, timber frame looks set to be the number one choice. Liz Male, of the UK Timber Frame Association, reports

Published:  29 June, 2009

The cubes are made from SIPs and finished with untreated western red cedar

Sheds go cube route

The once humble garden building is being reinvented in state-of-the-art engineered timber. Mike Jeffree reports

Published:  29 June, 2009

The completed ring beam and trusses are lifted out of the way

As easy as Pi

BSW Timber has launched a new timber construction system, the simplicity of which has caught the eye of the housing minister. Sally Spencer reports

Published:  29 June, 2009

LVL beams are used for the roof, removing the need for trussed rafters

Just add water

Water tanks could be the answer to concerns about timber frame’s lack of thermal mass. Keren Fallwell reports

Published:  03 June, 2009

HSE inspectors will use the UKTFA's Health and Safety Code of Practice when visiting timber frame sites

Safety first

Jim Johnstone, chairman of the Health and Safety Committee at the UK Timber Frame Association, puts the spotlight on saving lives and livelihoods in 2008

Published:  23 February, 2008

Open panel systems are more reliant on site skills

Writing on the wall for open panel?

The Code for Sustainable Homes is billed as good news for timber building, but Chris Gaze, associate director at the BRE, contends it may not be so good for a certain type of timber frame

Published:  23 February, 2008
Timber frame claims trophy

Timber frame manufacturer Frame UK has claimed a top housing award for its work on a development in Cornwall

Published:  18 June, 2007

Timber has the lowest carbon cost of any mainstream building material

Nothing to prove

Zero carbon is now the big issue, as Bryan Woodley, chief executive of the UK Timber Frame Association, explains

Published:  06 April, 2007

Timber frame requires 20% fewer on-site labour days than masonry construction

Timber's top 10 hits

Speed and cost are just some of the reasons why housebuilders should look to timber, says Bryan Woodley, chief executive of the UK Timber Frame Association

Published:  12 January, 2007
Keeping a cool head under fire

It was predictable the UK's anti-timber frame lobby would capitalise on the fire at the Beaufort Park development in north London in July, writes Timber Building editor Mike Jeffree.

Published:  12 December, 2006