Working with house builders


House builders are seeking to ensure they do not miss out on improving market conditions to increase output at a time when demand for housing is increasing significantly.

With the market also witnessing noteworthy levels of activity, now is a time when revenues can be optimised and, understandably, developers are turning to timber frame as a very attractive and advantageous option to harness this momentum.

There are good reasons for developers choosing this material. Using timber frame offers important speed of build advantages that can reduce the build programme of a house to just nine weeks, with the knock-on benefits of improved cash flow and additional project cost efficiencies.

Another underlying reason for the turn towards timber are the particularly wet and harsh weather conditions that can come with the Winter months. Thanks to the use of offsite manufacturing processes and prefabrication, using timber frame means build programmes remain unaffected by the poor weather.

Timber systems also provide shorter call-off times for projects and the associated cost savings on construction time, site services, labour, and waste removal alone.

Likewise, its inherent energy efficiency means it is the go-to material from a sustainability perspective. With government legislation setting increasingly ambitious sustainability targets, developers will need to find housebuilding methods that meet the increasing demand for housing that can deliver energy efficiency quickly and cost effectively.

This all adds up to a readily-available, cost-effective build fabric that can help developers and contractors stay on track as the market improves, while increasing profitability and keeping up with the rise in demand.

The UK timber frame market is forecast to be the fastest-growing sector of the industry over the next five years and it’s no coincidence that this coincides with improving conditions in the housing market. It can help housebuilders achieve cost-effective and flexible routes to shorter build programmes, improve cash flow, reduce carbon outputs, while helping the industry meet demand for both housing and a profit boost.

Homes For Scotland Home Builders Federation National House-Building Council Royal Institute of British Architects Structural Timber Association Constructionline British Board of Agrement Wood Campus Build Off Site Building Research Establishment WOOD FOR GOOD

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