What is Timber Frame
In Ireland the main form of timber frame construction is the open panel platform frame system, as its name implies, this method of building which relies on a timber frame as a basic means of structural support.
The panels are manufactured in a factory environment under strict quality practices and engineering terms. In brief in this system the inner load bearing layer of the house is constructed from engineered wooden panels made of lightweight softwood (2) from sustainable forests of Ireland, Canada and Scandinavia. These are stiffened or strengthened using sheathing panel (6) materials (including OSB or plywood), the frame is capable of supporting multi-storey and wide span structures and withstanding lateral loads including strong west of Irealnd winds and Atlantic gales.
During construction, the timber frame is covered internally by plasterboard (1) and filled with high performance, non-combustible insulation (5).
Breather membranes and vapour barriers are incorporated (4 & 7) and the outer leaf of the wall which can be of any standard finish such as stone, brick, render or timber completes the structure (9). The timber frame is supported /attached to the external wall using stainless steel braces (3). Roofs are also constructed in timber and are supported on the structural timber frame, internal load-bearing timber wall panels, and party wall frames. As seen in masonry construction a ventilated drainage cavity is paramount (8).
It is now not an uncommon sight to see throughout the country that the flexibility of design and layout of timber frame construction seen in the variety of buildings constructed.