Meanwhile at the timber frame factory…

In our last blog we mentioned that we are using a timber frame at Copper Bottom.

In the first house Adrian designed and built for our family, he used a cold-formed steel frame, cutting edge technology a quarter of a century ago. But times have changed, and this time round Adrian has chosen to use a timber frame – he will explain why in a blog post to come (expect lots about sustainability!).

Our first house on the River Thames in Oxford was built a quarter of a century ago using a cold-formed steel frame.

By coincidence, the man who delivered the steel frame for our first house is now making the timber frame for our new one. It should arrive on site in the middle of August and then the house will really start to take shape fast. Meanwhile, Ian Maccarthy, Sales Director at Timber Innovations, tells us what is going on at their factory right now.

The Timber Innovations Factory in Birmingham.

As the timber frame superstructure is imminent for this new build we are in a procurement phase here at WB Timber Innovations, just ahead of manufacturing wall panels and floor elements.
The client’s choice of timber frame reflects a shift, as in many sectors of the industry, towards use of sustainable materials and natural insulation.
We’ll be achieving Net Zero for our own business before 2030 by maximising this use of timber to optimise embedded carbon values from natural materials and the efficient manufacture processes here, plus local manufacture to keep our carbon footprint as keen as possible. We have the same approach for every project.
We’ll be factory-processing timber elements anytime now for insulated external wall panels and all the internal walls, followed by manufacture of floor joists with board over, and making roof cassettes complete with factory-installed blown cellulose fibre insulation between I-joists.
And for this project there’s additional timber framing to form those statement external profiles for the unique cladding feature called for at Copper Bottom. There is no “greener” way forward than with these materials.

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