Specifier Review

Timber frame houses – spot the tell-tale differences

TRADA Technology Wood Information Sheet Surveys of timber frame houses  offers guidance for building surveyors and professionals in the construction industry who need to survey timber framed houses. It will give them an understanding of the overall design and typical detailing employed in this form of construction.

The approach to surveying a timber framed house is no different to that used for other methods of construction. There are many similarities with brick and block construction that can make timber framed houses hard to spot, but there are also tell-tale differences.

The Wood Information Sheet, recently updated for ease of downloading online, concentrates on details where timber frame construction differs enough from masonry to suggest specific checks. It covers:

•       Confirming timber frame construction

•       Detailed inspection

•       Measuring the moisture content of external wall panels

•       General structural integrity

•       Structural insulated panel systems

TRADA members may download Surveys of timber frame houses  in PDF format free of charge from the TRADA website. The cost is £12.00 for non-members. Visit www.trada.co.uk