Insulation Benefits Of Timber Frame
Part of the reason for the ever-growing popularity of using timber frame in construction is the insulation benefits it can provide. With insulation between studs, timber frame combines structure and thermal performance into the same thickness, delivering slender walls with excellent U values.
Timber is a natural insulator and can help reduce energy needs when it is used in windows, doors and floors. A timber frame allows more space for insulation than a brick building, and wood itself also has naturally thermally insulating properties. Of course, a well-insulated home requires less energy to heat and cool, which typically means less fossil fuel use.
The thermal insulation in a timber frame home is contained inside the inner leaf. This means no heat is lost in the blockwork- resulting in a damp-free, cosy and energy-efficient house, benefits which can be enjoyed for decades. In addition, sound insulation is comparable to a traditional house.
Wood also has better insulating properties than steel. Wood’s structure contains minute air pockets, which limit its ability to conduct heat and help to minimise the energy needed for heating and cooling our eco timber houses providing energy-efficient homes.
Lightweight cladding options mean even thinner walls can be achieved whilst meeting thermal performance targets. Timber frame also delivers great air tightness, with the vapour control layer installed to the inner face of the wall acting as an air barrier.
According to thenbs.com, the superior insulation in a timber frame house translates into approximately 40% heat savings, meaning lower energy bills and improved comfort. This remarkable energy efficiency also means that houses stay warmer for longer once they have been heated.
Robinson Manufacturing (RML) supply timber frame and can install kits on site. If you want to discuss a timber frame project, contact us.
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