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Offsite manufactured structural timber systems have advanced greatly in recent years and can offer self builders cost, programme and performance assurances. This, combined with shorter construction time scales, better build quality and enhanced energy efficiency, vastly reducing on-going running costs for the life of the building – are compelling reasons for the specification of these solutions.

Measuring ‘best value’ is a difficult calculation to evaluate but when speed of build, combined with the reduction in on-going energy costs are taken into the equation, structural timber systems prove to be a cost-effective option. Innovation in the structural timber product range has broadened the appeal but may not be suitable for every site due to, for example, restricted site access.

Structural systems to choose include:

The advantages of offsite manufactured housing solutions are easily defined by:

  • Speed of Construction
    The high degree of factory prefabrication enables a rapid build process which is not adversely influenced by inclement weather.
  • Cost and Programme Certainty
    Offsite construction for onsite installation makes programming and costing more predictable than traditional site based methods.
  • Quality Assurances
    Stringent factory quality controls enhance the manufacture of offsite buildings, delivering a high-performance building envelope.
  • Energy Efficiency
    High performance, airtight structures vastly reduce energy consumption across the life of the building.
  • Design Flexibility
    With wide range of innovative products and cladding solutions, timber systems can meet the aspirations of designers and architects.
  • Sustainability
    All STA members are strongly encouraged to only use timber from PEFC or FSC certified sources, ensuring responsible management of the world’s forests.

Building with structural timber systems is sustainable, economic, thermally efficient and fast. In short, it’s a great way to build!

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Lucas Fettes
Mary Riley Associates
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Lucas Fettes
Mary Riley Associates
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