Timber Frame and the UK Housing Crisis

Around 340,000 new homes are needed every year, well above the government’s target of 300,000, according to one estimate commissioned by the National Housing Federation (NHF) and Crisis from Heriot-Watt University, which goes on to calculate that two-fifths of these need to be affordable homes.

With just 216,000 new homes built in 2020/21, we still have some way to go, and we believe timber frame is part of the solution.

Homes England, the governments housing agency, commissioned a research programme (which is ongoing) measuring the impact of Modern Methods of Construction deployment within the housing sector.

This research is exploring a range of themes, including:

  • Cost and pace of build
  • Safety performance
  • Snagging and defect issues
  • Construction wastage
  • Logistics
  • Energy efficiency performance.

It will also seek to learn lessons about how these technologies will be deployed and give confidence to the industry to drive a greater uptake of MMC technologies.

Modern methods of construction – including timber frame of course – have the potential to be significantly more productive than traditional building methods; allowing homes to be built more quickly, addressing labour and skills shortages and improving the quality, consistency and energy efficiency of newly built homes.

Offsite prefabricated timber frame can help alleviate the housing crisis – overcoming the shortage of skilled labour, boosting build times and getting units to the market quicker. This is particularly important to housing associations and others building for the affordable homes sector.

Timber frame is a solution that delivers a greater number of homes than traditional methods within the same time frame, on a more sustainable and energy efficient basis. Factory quality controls also mean that the quality of timber frame builds is significantly better than mass market houses built using traditional methods.

If you’d like to talk to us about how using timber frame can help transform your build programme, call 01933 279597 or email sales@rmuk.co.uk.

Timber Frame and the UK Housing crisis

If you have a development project you’d like to talk to our timber frame team about, email sales@rmuk.co.uk or call us on 01933 279597.