It is with very good reason that traditional building techniques and materials, such as timber frame construction, have been around for centuries. The aesthetics of wood is only a small aspect of timber’s enduring legacy as a building material. Euroform have never lost sight of this. Which is why, for example, a great emphasis has been put on ensuring Versapanel has exceptional racking performance; and why we have gone to great lengths to develop our FSC Chain of Custody certified cement particle board, Versapanel Eco.
Euroform’s Versapanel is understandably perceived as the perfect construction partner for steel frame systems, bringing a wide range of benefits to this partnership. However, not only do a great many of these benefits apply equally to timber frame systems, Versapanel also has properties which uniquely benefit timber frame systems. For example, Versapanel has been tested in accordance with BS EN 595:2011 for racking strength and stiffness of timber frame wall panels. Versapanel has also been assessed to BS 476 Part 22 for 60 minutes fire resistant for a non-load-bearing timber-frame wall.
And with the recent introduction of Euroform’s Versapanel Eco, we can make a significant contribution to the sustainability ambitions of any given timber frame construction project.
Case studies for Versapanel and Versapanel Eco in Timber Frame construction projects coming soon!
About Timber Frame Systems
Despite the traditional nature of wood as a construction material, timber frame is quite rightly regarded as a modern method of construction, employing offsite, standardised prefabricated components, developed to comply with building regulations for thermal, acoustic and fire performance as well as aspiring to current sustainability targets.
As with all methods of construction, the emphasis is very much on efficiency and flexibility, and timber frame systems certainly offer an efficient and flexible route to completion. For example, ready routes for wiring and plumbing are provided, dramatically reducing the amount of work required onsite. Plus, predetermined openings for doors and windows can be incorporated; whilst, once again, this results in a measurable acceleration of the construction process, it also increases dimensional accuracy.
All of this results in shortened and, perhaps more importantly, predictable construction schedules.
Timber frame is a well-proven, versatile construction method offering the following advantages:
- Offsite construction method
- Fast erection
- Reduction in overall build program
- Reduction in risk of delays
- Ease of project planning
- Reduction in site storage requirements
- Reduction site waste
- Use of sustainable building matieral
- Achieves a high BREEAM or EcoHome rating