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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 […]

Main structure

see also Balconies Chimneys Insulation and wall thickness SIPs 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 of […]

Steel frame

It is becoming increasingly popular to incorporate elements of steel framework into timber frame and kit houses in order to achieve larger spans than are normally available with timber. This is often down to the preferences of the engineer doing the calculations rather than being an inherent necessity. Very often laminated timber would do […]

Steel frame

Using steel frame for the whole of a house structure is very uncommon in the UK. Usually the clear spans required for a house can be achieved using timber with the incorporation of occasional steel members such as RSJsrolled steel joists where masonry spans a window or door. There are published tables of timber […]

Windows

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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 […]

Construction

PassivhausSee more on the Passivhaus standard. The PassivHaus Institute has pioneered a standard for low energy buildings. It includes very low energy usage and ways of achieving this. The word is derived from the idea of buildings which are fundamentally low energy and passive solar heated rather than using extra gadgets to heat them. […]

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 […]

Window design

There are many purposes a window can serve and several of these have important ecological considerations:

Letting light in Collecting solar heat Providing a view Acting as a door The visual character of a house

Windows may have associated drawbacks to consider:

They may let in too much light at certain times Too much […]

Balconies

Christopher Alexander, in his book ‘A Pattern Language’ points out that any balcony which is smaller than 6 foot square is virtually never used. So this includes almost all balconies you see and explains why they are never in use (and therefore a waste of energy, money and resources). Particularly silly is the so-called Juliet […]

Building Regulations

July 2015

What are the regulations for?

See the English government web site on Building Regulations. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales are listed below. Slowly an increasing number of details in the regulations are diverging between the countries.

Building Regulations deal with whether the building is built properly and is safe and energy efficient etc.

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