With today's ever changing climate, more and more self builders and developers are becoming aware of their impact on the environment. Timber frame plays a vital part in achieving a sustainable building solution and can make a positive impact on climate change.
Timber is non toxic, organic, and is the only reusable mainstream building material. Every year more forest is planted than actually used.
Timber frame uses far less energy to produce than a traditional brick house and produces 3-4 tonnes less of carbon dioxide throughout its build cycle.
You can use efflcient off site building methods meaning there is hardly any waste as any left over materials are simply reused into the next home rather than filling skips on the building site. You can even use recycled insulation.
Energy efficient timber frame building
Once the house is built, the energy efficiency of a timber frame building carries on helping the environment.
A timber frame home provides a highly insulated shell with little unplanned ventilation, this means the building will heat up much quicker and stay warmer much longer.
Building a home using timber can reduce the energy needed for space heating by half.
If every house built in the last 50 years was built to today's standard then 300 million tonnes of CO2 production would have been saved. Once you bear in mind that even the most basic timber frame will exceed today's standard, the benefits on the environment and your pocket become impossible to ignore.
Legislation established in June 2022 means all new homes and buildings in England have to produce significantly less CO2 to help the country move towards net zero.
Under the new regulations, CO2 emissions from new build homes must be around 30% lower than current standards and emissions from other new buildings, including offices and shops, must be reduced by 27%.
Heating and powering buildings currently makes up 40% of the UK’s total energy use.
Installing low carbon technology, such as solar panels and heat pumps, and using materials in a more energy efficient way to keep in heat will help cut emissions – lowering the cost of energy bills for families and helping deliver the UK’s climate change ambitions.
All new residential buildings, including homes, care homes, student accommodation and children’s homes, must also be designed to reduce overheating, making sure they are fit for the future and protect the most vulnerable people. Improvements to ventilation will also be introduced to support the safety of residents in newly-built homes and to prevent the spread of airborne viruses in new non-residential buildings.
The changes will raise standards and are an important step towards a cleaner greener built environment, paving the way for the Future Homes and Buildings Standard in 2025, which will mean all future homes are net zero ready and will not need retrofitting.
Sustainable Timber Frame
All of the timber we use at Daniels & Vincent is harvested from sustainable forests in the UK and Europe.
Using timber from sustainable forests makes perfect sense as is one of the most sensible ways of lowering your carbon emissions.
Timber is non toxic, organic, and is the only reusable mainstream building material.