Energy Efficient Homes Ireland:
Timber Fame Homes
Timber Frame Structure
Energy Efficient Homes Ireland
provide a complete timber frame home building service to the
environmentally aware self build customer and developer.
Timber Frame is a tried and tested construction method
which uses a timber framework as a means of structural
support. All our “Forever Warm” kits are built in the
factory under strict quality control conditions and
delivered directly to your site for construction and have
all the necessary quality control approvals; i.e. NSAI,
UKTFA, ITFMA & TRADA.
The main difference between traditional build and timber
frame is that the inner shell is made from timber. Exterior
walls are built from traditional materials i.e. brick or block.
A Typical Timber Frame Wall
- A) Plasterboard: an internal layer of
plasterboard has excellent fire resistance and provides
a smooth crack free surface for immediate decoration.
- B) Vapour Check: prevents moisture from
within the house (steam from kitchens and bathrooms etc)
reaching the insulation and timber structure.
- C) Structural Timber: the timber framed
studs, normally 140mm deep x 38mm wide are usually at 600 centres, but in
some cases may be 400 centres. The stud size depth may be
increased to give a better thermal value (up to 220mm
- D) Thermal Insulation: there are various non
combustible products which may be used such as mineral
wool, cellulose, hemp. sheep wool etc. The stud sizes
can be increased to accommodate more insulation (up to
- E) Sheathing Board: this board can be OSB
(oriental strand board) or plywood. This strengthens the
wall panel and supports the breather membrane.
- F) Breather Membrane: this is a water proof
membrane fitted to the sheathing board outer frame
keeping out moisture which may penetrate the porous
concrete blocks or bricks but still allows air through
for timbers to breathe.
- G) Wall Tiles: the timber frame is the main
structure which supports the roof and the outer layer of
block or brick is supported by the timber frame by
fitting the stainless steel wall ties. They are flexible
to allow for differential movement.
- H) Cavity: this is a clear 50mm wall cavity
which provides a complete separation of the external
wall from the highly insulated inside wall and helps
prevent any moisture which may penetrate the porous
bricks/blocks reaching the inside of the structure. This
cavity must be drained and vented.
- I) Outer Cladding: the external cladding can
be of many materials; most common are brick or rendered
block work and is simply a protection for the timber
frame. In many other countries Upvc, aluminium or timber
Why Choose Timber Frame
- Energy Efficient
Energy efficiency is now an important design concept for
all new buildings.
A vital element to achieving a high energy rated home is
the use of a timber frame kit instead of traditional
build. Research has shown that a traditional build takes
7 times longer to raise the temperature compared to
timber frame, which needs less oil/electricity resulting
in considerable savings year after year for the home
owner or tenant.
Legislation on Energy Rating Certificates in all of
Ireland dictates that all houses being built and sold
must have an energy rated certificate. As a result it is likely that a highly
insulated timber frame home
supplied by Energy Efficient Homes Ireland will have a
higher resale value in the future compared to
traditional built houses.
- Speed of Build
It takes half the time to build a timber frame house
compared to a traditional build.
Saving you time and money during construction. In ideal
conditions a timber frame house can be wind and
watertight within 5 days allowing immediate access for
other tradesmen. There is no drying out period with
timber frame so internal decoration can be done
immediately with no risk of cracking. (See below -
- Design Flexibility
Building a timber frame home allows you a greater degree
of flexibility both internally and externally. You can
include many features not available in a traditional
- Environmentally Friendly
We are all becoming more aware of damage to our
environment. The use of the term carbon footprint is now
part of everyday conversation. A timber frame home uses
20% less energy than other construction materials to
bring it to the finished state. Timber is the ultimate
green construction material and there is an almost
unlimited supply. Timber frame has the lowest CO2 cost
of any available building material. There is no more
environmentally way to build. For every tree harvested
at least two are planted to ensure future preservation
of our most valuable environmentally friendly asset - our
Timber Frame Homes - Construction Sequences
Average building time can be substantially reduced using
Modern Timber Framed Homes with significant reduction of on
Standard Masonry Home
Timber Frame Homes
Bricklayer Ground Floor
Fix & Glaze Windows
& Glaze Windows
Felt, Battens. Tile Roof
Fix, Plumber, Electrician
Decorate, Move In
Drying out period
We will be delighted to be given the opportunity to meet
with you to discuss further the wide range of products and
services supplied by Energy Efficient Homes. Feel free to
contact us today!