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Trussed rafters are individually designed components made from kiln-dried, strength-graded timber joined together with steel nailplates. They provide a structural framework to support the roof fabric, ceilings and/or floors. Continue reading Why Use Pre-Fabricated Trussed Rafters?
Value engineering is a systematic method to improve the “value” of goods or products and services by using an examination of function. Value, as defined, is the ratio of function to cost. Value can therefore be increased by either improving the function or reducing the cost. Continue reading Value Engineering
The origins of timber framed structures for the purpose of homes dates back to the Neolithic period. Some of the earliest discovered housing structures have been discovered in England and Scotland and date back to this time. Even today timber framed homes dating back to the 12th Century can be found across the country. Continue reading The Tried and Tested Timber Frame Formula
The key to any successful timber frame build is getting the main structure wind & water tight as soon as possible. With this in mind one of the main benefits of timber frame construction is its speed compared to traditional building methods. Continue reading The Speed of Timber Frame Construction
The fire resistance of a timber frame structure is achieved by protecting key areas such as: Walls, floors, roofs, door and window openings and electrical/plumbing service openings.
Certain methods can be implemented to fireproof the structure: Continue reading How To Fireproof Your Timber Frame
Kestrel Timber Frame meet PEFC and FSC criteria to ensure all products come from a sustainable source. This is further enhanced by our use of Thermo breather paper on external panels which increases the thermal efficiency, meaning the finished home will be as Eco Friendly as possible for years to come. Continue reading Eco-Friendly Timber Frame Kits
There are no limitations with Kestrel Timber Frame. If it can be engineered, then we’ll do it.
We start with your brief. Quite simply — What do you want? What would be best for your site? How much do you want to spend? We will visit your site to ensure our advice is accurate.
Building a Kestrel timber-frame home gives you an opportunity both to be individual and to construct a truly high-quality, energy-efficient home. Today, there are almost 2,500 Kestrel timber frame houses throughout the UK, ranging from one off self-build houses to large commercial projects. Continue reading Why Choose Kestrel Timber Frame?
Demand for tropical hardwood plywood in the UK and internationally is one of the main causes of illegal and destructive logging in the rainforests of countries such as Brazil and Indonesia. This deforestation is causing the loss of biodiversity, displacing local communities and contributing to climate change.
There are no laws yet in place to prevent illegal timber from entering Europe. Continue reading Using Sustainable Plywood and Timber for Construction
In 2006, the Labour government gave the housebuilding industry 10 years notice to make its products zero-carbon. This ambitious requirement was launched as part of the Code for Sustainable Homes, and included interim carbon reduction targets along the way: 25% reduction in emissions in 2010 and 44% in 2013. Zero-carbon was going to be expensive – adding up to £40,000 per home – but the argument was that the industry would find ways of reducing these costs as the 2016 deadline approached. Continue reading Green for Growth: Zero-Carbon Homes