Timber frame: Re-engineering for affordable housing

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As long as the population is growing, there will always be an increasing demand for a larger quantity of affordable housing. In the 1960s, it was recognised that the old, craft-based brick-built homes were no longer a viable option, and there was a need for a cheaper, more efficient option to solve housing problems.

Off-site, prefabricated systems were seen as the answer to this problem, and of the various building systems which were spawned as a result of this 1960s new thinking, timber frame is the only mainstream survivor.

Timber frame: Re-engineering for affordable housing outlines a timber frame design solution which could reduce time to completion on site, reduce site defects and save costs. Modular panels utilise non-modular junctions to achieve dimensional flexibility.


  • Core principles of a re-engineering strategy
    • Product design
    • Client/Customer development
    • Production and order fulfilment
  • Re-engineering for affordable housing: concept ideas
    • Standardisation versus customisation
    • Consumer choice
    • Changes to Building Regulations
    • Right-first-time principle
  • The re-engineered design solution
    • The frame
    • The wall
    • The floor
    • The roof
    • Service integration
  • The details - Six key construction details to illustrate the main principles
    • Pre-cast foundation - Ground floor panel - Wall panel: Section
    • Storey height panel - Intermediate floor panel - Wall panel: Section
    • Special corner panel - Standard wall panels: plan
    • Upper wall panel - Roof eaves panel: Section
    • Ridge panel - Standard roof panels: Section
    • Upper wall panel/roof verge: Section