Driven by intelligent and integrated construction solutions, from timber frame and structural insulated panel systems to glulaminated and cross laminated timber together with volumetric modular options - innovation in the structural timber product range has broadened the appeal.
Cost savings, speed of build, faster return on capital outlay, reduction in waste, improved health and safety - are just some of the benefits of offsite timber construction.
The time is right for the construction industry to embrace innovative offsite timber technology and develop better buildings at a rapid rate to overcome the shortfall in housing stock, while delivering energy efficient buildings in a cost-effective quality manner across all construction sectors.
At the Structural Timber Association, we firmly believe that offsite timber construction is the only way to reach the specified Government targets, we and our members have a major role to play. We are geared for capacity, have the skills and materials to respond quickly and the experience to create a world-class offsite manufacturing sector in the UK. Building in structural timber delivers a whole host of advantages, in both the long and short term and can be applied in any type of project - from a self build home to a new hospital.
Benefits of using Structural Timber:
• Environmental Credentials
Timber is the most sustainable form of construction, being effectively carbon neutral with the lowest embodied CO2 of any building material. Structural timber also benefits from being the only organic, non-toxic and naturally renewable building material, whilst minimising energy consumption during the manufacturing process.
• Cost Efficiencies
Structural timber guarantees a faster construction time, requiring around 20% fewer onsite labour days and a shorter construction period overall. This results in a quicker return on investment, along with reduced disruption to local communities and tidier, safer sites.
• Design Flexibility and Quality Control
The design of structural timber is inherently flexible, with the system suited to brownfield sites with poor soil conditions or which have restricted access. Additionally, the offsite prefabrication of panels offers strict quality control, which results in fewer problems during and post erection.
• Long-Term Cost Benefits
The cost efficiencies of structural timber continue through the life of the structure, delivering up to a 33% reduction in energy consumption for a large detached house and a 20% reduction for apartments.
• Compliant with Current, Laws, Building Regulations and Guidelines
Structural timber adheres to targets relating to the environmental impact of materials, responsible sourcing, construction waste reduction, airtightness and sound insulation. Currently, 85% of all Passivhaus developments are built in timber. The material is also well positioned to meet increasingly strict environmental standards, as set out by national, regional and local governments.
• UK Manufacturing Success Story
The UK timber sector is made up of several hundred small, medium and large firms, involved in the design, manufacture and construction of buildings which use structural timber, providing thousands of jobs for workers across the country.
There is a vast array of options within the timber technology portfolio that can deliver high performance buildings envelopes. Click on the buttons below to read more about each of these technologies: