As the building regulations get more and more demanding I took a look at the implications of the recent changes for people designing and building using post and beam structural oak framing. The most recent changes came into effect in England and Wales in October 2010 and come into force in Scotland shortly.
As always interpretation of the regulations is everything so this is my interpretation and I'm sure other people will hold different views. But with regard to oak framing, in essence I think the regulations re-enforce the view we have held as a company for a very long time i.e. unless it is absolutely necessary do not break the building envelope with the oak frame. If you want to find out more about thermal bridging, air permeability and insulation with regard to timber framing download our synopsis (1.12mb pdf).
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The publicity that our traditional framing gets (on TV and in numerous self build and lifestyle magazines) tends to overwhelm our timber engineering projects. Although we do many more traditional frames the engineered timber projects are often very high profile and of significantly greater value, but they don't make such great TV and publicity tends to be confined to the trade publications.
Despite this I am regularly asked by engineers and architects we work in partnership with to explain when and why we use engineered timbers instead of the green natural timber we use so extensively in traditional framing.
In response I've put together a quick fact sheet (pdf 1.14mb) on glulam. I hope it's helpful and if you have any other questions about the use of engineered timbers you can contact me on 01225 743089 or drop me an email.
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