Surveys of timber frame houses
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Professionals undertaking surveys of timber frame buildings should have an understanding of the overall design and typical detailing employed in this form of construction.
The approach to surveying a timber framed house is no different from that used for other methods of construction. There are many similarities with brick and block construction that can make timber framed houses hard to spot, but there are also tell-tale differences.
This Wood Information Sheet (WIS) concentrates on details where timber frame construction differs enough from masonry to suggest specific checks. Establishing the reasons for apparent faults may demand a more rigorous investigation, such as using a borescope to inspect cavities.
It has been updated to include reference to potential issues in newer houses caused by insulation installed in party walls.
- Confirming timber frame construction
- Detailed inspection
- Measuring the moisture content of external wall panels
- General structural integrity
- Structural insulated panel systems
The main functions of cladding on a timber frame building are to provide weather resistance and create the external appearance required by the client.
Materials for cladding can be subdivided into two main categories: those which are self supporting (built from their own foundation and tied back to the...
Sole plates are a vital element in a timber framed building. Their installation has a direct effect on the building's service life, line, level and plumb, and contributes to the speed of construction.
This Wood Information Sheet provides advice on getting the installation of sole plates right first...
Building Information Modelling (BIM) and building with engineered timber, particularly cross-laminated timber, have seen the majority of their evolution occur in the last decade. Timber structures are reaching new heights every week and BIM is increasingly being adopted in the construction industry. While BIM has the potential to drastically improve...