The Benefits of Timber Framing
Since timber framing is made of trees / wood, the material itself is non-toxic. Timber is safe for carpenters and builders to work with and there are no health risks for the homeowner after it is installed.
In Australia, there are regulations that ensure the source of most timber used in home construction and framing is ethically and sustainably sourced. Trueform works hard to abide by these standards. If you ever want to investigate and verify the source of your timber framing, there are resources online you can use:
One of the features of timber that helps make it a ‘sustainable’ source for home-building is that half of the dry weight of timber is carbon. This is carbon captured from the environment and stored naturally. In addition to carbon storage, timber has the lowest Embodied Energy Rating of all of the major building materials used by builders. Embodied energy is a calculation of the amount of energy consumed to produce the final product. Since timber is sourced from a tree and is literally grown rather than refined (like steel), it requires a very small investment of energy to product the final product.
Choosing timber as the material for your frames is a more cost-effective option than steel. While steel can provide more stability to a structure and is obviously termite-resistant, the resources that go into making steel beams and frames make it very expensive and a non-sustainable option.
Another advantage of timber framing is that it makes a good insulator – it can help keep a home warm or cool. Timber is not a conductor of heat which gives it a low R-Value (thermal resistance rating). Since timber doesn’t absorb or radiate heat at a significant level, it is great at helping keep the temperature stable in homes.
Builders and carpenters generally choose to work with timber because it is affordable, reliable, easy to source and reliable. Timber is more versatile to work with on-site as well in case plans change. If something in the plan changes and adjustments to the timber framing are necessary, this can be achieved much more easily than if the frames use steel or other more inflexible material.