We at Timberworks love wood!
Dealing responsibly with wood as a resource is a matter of course for us. No other natural building material is so versatile, so robust and so reliable. Our ecological products come from renewable and sustainable resources and allow for the construction of future-proof, healthy buildings delivering a particularly high quality of living. Timber not only produces oxygen in its manufacture (growth!) but also locks in Carbon Dioxide – no other building material does this.
Timberworks and its fabrication partner use materials that are cost effective and achieve the requisite levels of thermal efficiency for our buildings.
As our buildings are bespoke we use many different types of materials, however the principle components of the typical superstructure are:
100% FSC Timber ( www.FSC.org )
FSC stands for ‘Forest Stewardship Council’. FCS is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting responsible forestry and which certifies forests all over the world to ensure they meet the highest environmental and social standards.
Whilst there are several other forest certification schemes they do not have the same strict environmental, social and economic standards or such a rigorous chain of custody, tracking timber from the forest to the final user. FSC is therefore the only forest certification scheme endorsed by the major environment charities including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.
How does the FSC system work?
Forests are inspected and certified against strict standards based on FSC’s 10 Principles of Forest Stewardship. These inspections are undertaken by independent organisations, such as the Soil Association which is accredited by the FSC. To be given FSC certification a forest must be managed in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner. This is what makes the FSC system unique and ensures that a forest is well-managed from the protection of indigenous people’s rights to the methods of felling trees. Forests that meet these strict standards are given FSC certification and the timber allowed to carry the FSC label.
Insulation – Steico Wood Fibre ( www.steico.com )
Steico wood fibre insulation is a German Product and is highly sustainable and Eco-friendly; Sustainability is firmly anchored in STEICO’s philosophy as a corporate value.
In the 1990s, when the awareness for energy-efficient building was only just beginning to develop, Steico were already serving an ecologically oriented clientele with insulating materials made from renewable raw materials; principally FSC timber. Steico sees sustainability as an interplay between the three areas of ecology, economy and social issues and always balance these issues in the manufacture of their products.
Internal Cladding – Fermacell Gypsum Board ( www.fermacell.co.uk )
Fermacell fibre gypsum boarding is a multi-purpose building board that offers a space saving dry lining solution and is produced by combining raw gypsum, cellulose fibres derived from recycled paper and recycled water. These materials are combined to form a homogenous mass which is then formed into a dense sheet material. It is very tough, strong and exceptionally durable.
Fermacell boards are virtually emission-free and do not contain any hazardous substances such as formaldehyde and have been certified as highly sustainable by the Institute for Building Biology in Rosenheim, Germany and also certified as a “low emission product” by the Cologne eco Institute.
Fermacell minimises wet trades on site, increases design flexibility and accelerates site times whilst exceeding Building Regulations.
Fermacell boards offer a wealth of advantages compared to conventional interior dry lining such as plasterboard and can be used universally as a standard board, fire protection, sound insulation and moisture-proof board
The boarding is ideal for use timber frame construction. The innovative formulation of Fermacell ensures particularly high density and stability, with a high load-bearing capacity (up to 50 kg per fixing, 150kg per linear metre). Its strength minimises racking and sound transmission through walls and using fibre gypsum dry lining ensures significant time and cost savings, without having to make concessions in terms of quality or load-bearing capacity. Fine Surface Treatment (FST) can also be used to finish the boards; a light skim or face fill with FST and walls are ready to accept any covering – wallpaper, paint or tile – after just 45 minutes!.
Fermacell meets or exceeds all Building Regulations requirements in the areas of sound insulation, fire resistance and statics with reduced partition thicknesses, and is rated Class O for fire. It is BBA approved and is ETA approved.
External wall and Roof cladding – Various products
As Timberworks buildings will accept any form of external cladding and roof finishes we work with those for whom sustainability and eco friendliness is important to select materials that not only work well with our system, but also add to the sustainable nature of our product.
Where Timber finishes are specified we will factory install Larch, Cedar or more recently Thermowood (www.thermowood.fi ) onto the panels before delivery. Or if specifiers are looking for a rendered brick or stone finish we install Fermacell Power panel in the factory as the backing or carrier board, and the final finish is installed on site.
Roof finishes are also installed on site and we will engineer the building and roof panels to accept whatever material is specified. Where sustainability is important we have used materials such as Corus Colourcoat roof finishes made from recycled steel, Eco-Slates which are made from recycled rubber and car tyres and Sedum and other “living” roofs.