Timber Frame

Timber Frame

Timber frame systems and products are evolving rapidly and Harmony Timber Frame, in Kent, South East UK and Wicklow, Ireland is at the forefront of this evolution. Due to changes in the building regulation our customers now need to build a more energy efficient home.

Kent, South East UK and Wicklow, Ireland based Harmony Timber Solutions is a leading manufacturer of off-site construction and Engineered Timber Frame Systems, with the capacity not only to exceed the ever increasing regulatory requirements but the potential to deliver value engineered systems tailor-made to suit our client requirements. We at Harmony Timber Frame listen to what our client requires and are not only able and willing to provide this we will nearly always exceed our client requirements. From our office and manufacturing in Kent, South East UK and Wicklow, Ireland we careful tailor each exacting requirement of the project and see it through from conception to completion to ensure our client satisfaction.

Why use Timber Frame?

  • More energy efficient building
  • Sustainable building method with less embodied energy
  • More comfort for inhabitants
  • Reduced on site labour and build time
  • Factory controlled building method leading to more on site quality
  • Improved on site safety
  • Design flexibility
  • Construction times are reduced using Timber Frame techniques by as much as one third.
  • Impact of inclement weather is reduced as construction need not stop in periods of rain, frost, snow etc.
  • Programming of following trades is easier to control.
  • Timber Frame offers a lighter form of construction which can be of benefit to foundations particularly where poor ground conditions prevail.
  • Improved sound insulation compared with alternative construction methods, particularly at separating walls.
  • Higher thermal insulation at an economic price when compared with alternative construction methods.
  • Greater accuracy and a better standard of finish after handover.
  • Timber Frame is a dry form of construction so there is no drying out period. You will not get drying out cracks common in wet construction.
  • Adequately responds to environmental issues related to energy use during production and after construction.

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Client: (Working for and with you)

At Harmony Timber Solutions we approach the design of our timber frame buildings with ‘Frame First’ concepts which incorporate both u-values and air tightness in order that we may retain the energy (heating) produced and therefore reduce the amount required.

We have developed our timber frame system that offers a range of highly insulated and air tight structural systems, The challenge for us was to ensure we delivered on what our customers asked for without compromising on our reputation for value. We understand that with all of this there has been a substantial increase in the cost of construction and we have developed our systems to give you the best cost vs. performance options available.

Harmony Timber Frame is a Kent and Wicklow based, leading provider of off-site construction and Engineered Timber Systems, with the capacity not only to exceed the ever increasing regulatory requirements but the potential to deliver value engineered Timber Frame systems tailor-made to suit our client requirements. We at Harmony Timber Frame listen to what our client requires and are not only able and willing to provide this we will nearly always exceed our client requirements.

Fire Performance

All buildings regardless of the method of construction (eg Timber Framed, Masonary Framed) must meet the minimum fire performance criteria as laid down in the building regulations. Research has shown that the method of construction does not contribute to the fire in itself as in the case of timber frame 30minute or 60 minute fire resistance is readily achieved through the appropriate application of plasterboard.

Environment and Airtightness

Harmony Timber Frame is also committed to sustainable and responsible procurement practices including the sourcing of timber from suppliers who maintain Chain of Custody compliance with either FSC or PEFC criteria.

Airtightness

Harmony Timber Frame is now at the forefront of the building and planning of air tightness in your building process. Codes and standards are in place which aim to reduce carbon emissions and create timber framed homes that are healthier and more sustainable.

Airtightness is the resistance to air unintentionally leaking in or out of a building through leakage points around its structure.

That means designing and installing a continuous seal around the internal fabric of the external envelope to eliminate unwanted draughts. Once the airtight vapour check is in place and sealed with durable and flexible tapes, seals and glues, it ensures that the insulation functions to its optimum performance, saving energy and drastically reducing carbon emissions for the lifetime of the building.

An airtight building such as a timber frame house will result in lower heating bills, and have a well-performing ventilation system and fewer draughts.

U-VALUE

What is a U value?
A U value is a measure of heat loss in a building element such as a wall, floor or roof. It can also be referred to as an ‘overall heat transfer co-efficient’ and measures how well parts of a building transfer heat. This means that the higher the U value the worse the thermal performance of the building envelope. A low U value usually indicates high levels of insulation. They are useful as it is a way of predicting the composite behaviour of an entire building element rather than relying on the properties of individual materials.

Erection

Harmony Timber Solutions pride ourselves on the high quality of our construction teams. We provide Timber Frame fitting teams that have an unique quality regarding their attention to detail and pride in their workmanship. We also provide strict quality checks on site that ensure that our timber frame kits are fitted in accordance to our entire standard and bespoke details for each project.

Each of our erectors participates in our training and induction programme before becoming approved to erect our timber systems. All of our erectors conform to our strict health and safety checklist and hold all relevant insurance for site work.

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