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Plywood

From a green perspective, there are a couple of major problems with the use of plywood

It is not manufactured in the UK so has to be imported, with the associated problems of international transport which increases embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on […]

Timber frame

overview

‘Timber frame’ can have several meanings:

Platform frame where walls are assembled on site into storey[for the purposes of part B (fire) of the Approved Documents to the Building Regulations] this includes – (a) any gallery[for the purposes of part B of the Approved Documents] – A raised area or platform around the […]

Structural principles

The Building Regulations

The Building RegulationsThese are the mass of regulations that cover safety, health, welfare, convenience, energy efficiency etc. in the way buildings are constructed. Not to be confused with Planning consent (which is more to do with whether you can put up the building in the first place). See more on the regulations […]

Timber roof structures

Type of structure

Whether living space is required in the roof is the most crucial decision from a structural point of view because it decides whether you can use prefabricated gang nail roof trusses or whether you have to build a traditional roof. The roof trusses are cheaper and much faster (two people can lift […]

Main structure

see also Balconies Chimneys Insulation and wall thickness SIPs Soundproofing Steel frame Structural principles Structural Timber Timber frame Timber frame kit house to Passivhaus standard Walter Segal

timber frame houses in the Field of Dreams, Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building.

Method […]

SIPs

Structural insulated panels have been around for decades but have only recently achieved the interest they deserve. They are large factory made panels including walls floors and roofs and are fixed together on site. A lot of the kit houses in the UK are based on SIPs.

Several factors distinguish them from traditional building […]

Designing with timber

timber house in the Field of Dreams, Findhorn FoundationThe Findhorn Foundation is a large community near Inverness. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable building.

designing with timber

Are the British inherently nervous of timber buildings? Does this go back to the Great Fire of London? Is this still valid considering how many […]

OSB

Oriented strand board is an excellent alternative to plywood provided it is woodmarked and sourced as locally as possible.

The word ‘oriented’ refers to the fact that the strands (or flakes) of wood are slightly more orientated along the length of the sheet than across it, making it slightly stronger (in tensile strength) in that […]