Timber Frame Houses are the best sustainable solution and timber has the lowest embodied carbon of any mainstream building material.
At MBC Timber Frame we have develop a High Performance Range System with the use of best practice manufacturing policies to deliver super insulated, energy efficient, sustainable timber frame houses.
With innovation in material technology and the progression of manufacturing techniques, we have customised our closed wall panel systems to achieve
U-Values of 0.18 W/m²K, 0.15 W/m²K and 0.12 W/m²K.
Each wall system surpasses current building regulations, and where applicable passive standards*
(*Refers to 300mm Passive Wall System).
LMBC’s 140mm closed panel system offers our clients a variety of insulation options based around a 140mm stud timber frame
The Fink Roof Truss is a simple webbed truss design that provides the most economical roof solution for roof structures.
The Attic Roof Truss is a design that provides a central open space that can be used to accommodate a living space or alternatively a storage space.
The Flat Roof is a roof system that provides an almost level roof configuration in contrast to the many sloped roofs.
The Cut or Vaulted Roof is an engineered system that provides open living space directly below the roof rafters as there are no horizontal ceiling joists.
Here at our Gloucester factory, MBC design, manufacture and supply, engineered posi joists for any roofing system.
Timber frame is one of the oldest forms of construction used throughout the world, dating back to the Roman and Egyptian civilizations of 500 -100 B.C. Modern timber frames have evolved somewhat in the last few decades, but the basic principles remain unchanged, reinforcing this material’s prominence. People are typically aware of timbers excellent environmental credentials, however some lesser known advantages of timber frame in construction include:
Structural timber such as Glulam and Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) can be precision engineered to rival and surpass the strength of steel and concrete, while at the same time it is far lighter in comparison. The combination of strength and lightweight lends itself to achieve larger span openings and greater design flexibility.
As the majority of the timber frame manufacturing process is executed off site, within the controlled conditions of our factory workshop, the core structure can be erected within a matter of days. The timber frame can be designed with transport and site location in mind, and therefore tailored to suit specific site conditions and locations prior to manufacture, making it the dream self build home.
Off site manufacturing and speed of construction / erection are often considered the most advantageous aspects of the timber frame construction motif, as the knock-on gains include significantly lower labour costs, fewer wet trades on site, and dramatically reduced waste.
Apart from being a renewable source of material, another advantage of timber frame construction is that is has a much lower embodied energy rating in comparison to concrete and steel, as timber is classified as carbon neutral.
Carbon neutral refers to the amount of energy used to process, manufacture and deliver the timber, and how it is offset by the amount of CO2 the timber frame will absorb during it’s lifetime making it very energy efficient.
Timber frame homes also have a significantly higher Building Energy Rating (BER)when compared to masonry built projects. MBC Timber Frame only uses timber sourced from sustainably managed forests that are governed and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
Timber frame homes have the same life expectancy as a conventional masonry build, that being said it is important to note that in Ireland and the UK insurance companies, building societies and mortgage providers do not distinguish between timber frame and block built homes.
*Project size & weather condition dependent
Having planned our house build for 3 years and finally deciding to go modern contemporary, it became obvious that we should consider a “ passive build” and being environmentally friendly.
The team at MBC provided us with good old fashioned honest advise, quotations and drawings that we could understand. One of the main benefits of MBC was they literally carried out everything from the passive slab, UFH and the frame thus easy to manage.
We worked very closely with the MBC team, and found them friendly, conscientious and very fair at all times. Every build has hiccups” we did and they were all resolved quickly and without any issue. I have recommended MBc many times and will continue to do so.
Hopefully we will build again and as such look forward to working with you again.
MBC provided a quality timber frame kit with the added guarantee of reaching excellent air tightness levels, when I compared with local builders the standards, items included and costs MBC were ahead on all fronts.
We chose MBC to build our timber frame house as part of a tendering process. They scored very well on price and also supplied a passive-grade slab foundation. Throughout the design and build phases we found the whole team to be extremely skilful and very accommodating, particularly when it came to small changes due to our own oversights in the design stages. Nothing was ever a problem. Other contractors we had on the build praised the team for their workmanship and attention to detail. Were we to do it all again, we’d have no hesitation in choosing MBC.