Information written for Selfbuild Central by Jonathan Sapir of UK solid and engineered hardwoods vendor wood and beyond.
The vast majority of homeowners are unaware that in recent years the world of wood flooring has completely transformed. Two main trends have contributed to this transformation, which by all accounts is a positive one. The […]
‘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 sides or at the back of a room which provides extra space. if its area is more than half that of the space into which it projects; and (b) a roof, unless it is accessible only for maintenance and repair.[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 […]
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 […]
Advantages of timber
Constructing with FSCForest Stewardship Council (who accredit timber) see their database timber (or another accreditation organisation such as PEFCProgramme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification. See their web site) is potentially one of the greenest ways of building for several reasons.
Timber itself captures and locks up CO² as […]
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The supply chain for windows
If the UK is to meet the 2021 EPBDEnergy Performance of Buildings Directive. This is the EU directive that all new buildings shall be “Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings’ from 2021. standards then the window manufacturing industry will need to go through a minor revolution. Most companies […]
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 SIPsStructural Insulated Panels - prefabricated (usually in a factory) timber panels often forming part of an integrated building system and aimed at fast site erection. see more on SIPs.
Several factors distinguish them from traditional building […]
Parana pines, much used in staircase construction
In terms of embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on embodied energythe total amount of energy it takes to make a material (or a building). See more on embodied energy the use of timber in staircases is far better than metal. However the timber should be sustainably sourced and be FSCForest Stewardship Council (who […]
Sourcing sustainably produced timber and manufactured timber building products requires checking the following –
Was the timber sustainably grown? How far has it travelled? Does it contain chemicals such as adhesives or timber treatment?
The FSCForest Stewardship Council (who accredit timber) see their database Woodmark or the PEFCProgramme for the Endorsement […]
A cork oak. The bark (cork) is stripped about every 8 years and regrows
The qualities of insulation types
Assuming that the question of designing in enough insulation into your self build project has been dealt with the question is about what kind of insulation materials to use. Here the issues are –