Energy Efficient Homes Ireland:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Is a timber frame cheaper than
A. The cost of the build is comparable but the main
cost savings are achieved by the speed of build and the
reduced costs of energy year on year.
Q. How is a timber frame different
from a traditional build?
A. A traditional built house is normally made of an
inner supporting wall of concrete and an outer supporting
wall of brick. Unlike timber frame there is no empty cavity
to create a complete break from the outside inclement
elements (Wind & Rain). The cavities in traditional
buildings are either tightly filled with insulation causing
“bridging” or poorly fitted insulation with unwanted gaps
and there is no guarantee in either case that moisture will
not leak through to the inside block work. A modern timber
frame house replaces the inner block wall with a timber
frame wall strong enough to carry all the loads of the
house. This is usually covered by plasterboard internally
and a brick or block external finish with an empty 50mm
cavity to prevent moisture penetrating into the insulation.
(See 'Timber Frame Structure
Q. Are you more at risk from fire
in a timber frame house?
A. No. In common with all forms of construction
timber frame has to meet all Building Regulations. Safety in
timber frame is our number one commitment and we have an
excellent track record.
Q. Are timber frame homes noisy?
A. No. Our modern timber frame systems enjoy better
acoustic insulation qualities than traditional build and
fully confirm or exceed current Building Regulations.
Q. Will I have to pay more for
A. No. Insurance companies draw no distinction
between modern timber frame and brick and block construction
provided the external roof covering is of tiles, natural or
mineral slates or concrete.
Q. Will a timber frame last?
A. Yes. A new timber frame home will last as well as
any other type of new home.
Q. Will a timber frame house
A. No. Usually a timber frame house is clad in brick
and look like any other house. You can also use a range of
suitable materials, e.g.stone, block or render.
Q. Can I still hang pictures ,
cupboards etc in my timber frame house?
A. Yes. Many of these jobs are made easier because of
the good fixing you get in the vertical studs
Q. Will I get a mortgage on a
timber frame house?
A. Yes. Banks and Building Societies make no
differentiation in the lending terms offered on either form
Q. Is timber frame quicker to
A. A timber frame takes less than half the time to
build than the traditional build. In ideal conditions a
timber frame house will be wind and water tight within 5
days allowing other tradesmen to start their work. (See 'Construction