Timber framing

Find out how WoodSolutions can help you work with renewable timber framing.

Research from the Timber Framing Collective revealed that builders and homeowners consistently choose timber for its structural integrity, environmental benefits, and convenience. Timber’s reputation as a sustainable material has earned it the recognition of being The Ultimate Renewable building material in Australia.

The Timber Framing Collective has developed a range of information and resources to promote timber framing in construction, highlighting its sustainability, wellness benefits, sturdiness, and durability. This information will soon be rebranded and housed on the WoodSolutions website for cobranding access for builders and the wider industry.

Stay tuned for more updates on how to communicate the ultimate renewable messaging and the sustainable benefits of timber framing to your clients.

Australia’s Leading Choice

Around 80% of Australian homes are built with timber framing. As one of the oldest resources, it’s the building material we’re most experienced with. It’s safe, reliable, cost-effective, and well understood by designers, professional builders, and even experienced DIY’ers.

Renewable and Sustainable

People have negative perceptions about logging and deforestation and often think cutting down trees is a bad thing. However, when timber comes from a sustainably managed forest, it’s one of the most renewable building materials available. In Australia, we replant over 70 million seedlings every year and our softwood plantations grow the amount of timber framing needed for an average home every two and a half minutes.

Energy Efficient

Timber has the lowest embodied energy of all mainstream building materials. This means that the entire production process of timber framing—from planting and harvesting to manufacturing, transportation, and installation—uses the least amount of energy. And new technologies and innovations are increasing yields from each log, decreasing waste and reducing energy use further.

Reducing Greenhouse Gases

Timber framing is a natural way to remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. 
Trees grow for around 30 years before they are harvested, allowing them to capture large amounts of CO₂. Approximately half the dry weight of timber framing is carbon, which is locked up and stored for the life of the timber.

Carbon Positive

The production process of timber—from sapling to installation—removes more carbon from the air we breathe than it emits. Younger trees collect carbon dioxide at a faster rate, so it’s actually a good thing that they replace the older trees.

Strong, Durable, and Quiet

A timber-framed house is quiet and strong as it doesn’t expand and contract during temperature changes, which means no risk of premature cracking in plaster linings. Advances in the industry, like engineered wood, also mean we can create high-tensile products for expansive open-plan living spaces and high ceilings, and homes that can last for generations to come.

Natural Insulating

Timber framing is a natural insulator. Tiny air pockets in timber framing add resistance to heat flow throughout a home. And with good design, timber-framed buildings can better regulate their internal temperature and reduce household energy use when it comes to heating and cooling.

Low-Cost Flexibility

While most timber framing is often prefabricated or built offsite, any last-minute changes or variations are easily made onsite by carpenters and builders.

Termite Treated

It’s important to either install a termite barrier system or use timber framing that’s been safely treated to keep termites out of your home. Treated timber protects your home from the inside out.

Fire Predictable

Timber framing has significant insulating properties causing it to burn in a slow, predictable, and measurable way while maintaining its structural integrity. It’s also protected from fire with cladding, like brick and plasterboard. These factors see timber perform strongly against fire, giving designers the ability to confidently create strong, durable, fire-resistant constructions.

Fast to Assemble

Timber framing’s natural lightweight properties make it easier to transport and install. It means we can prefabricate and construct modules offsite, which increases onsite productivity and decreases weather delays. Builders also have the most experience and know-how with timber framing, making construction even more efficient.

Easy to Renovate

When renovations are required, like when a family outgrows their home, timber framing is simple and easy to work with. Whether it’s removing existing framing, adding more timber framing, or both, the ready availability of designers, materials, and tradespeople familiar with the material make it an easier process.

Simple to Install Services

Timber frames can be easily drilled to install plumbing and electric cables, unlike some materials that require cushioning grommets to protect cable insulation during installation and limit long-term damage to plumbing due to expansion and contraction or corrosion.

Good for Australia

Timber framing helps Australia grow and prosper. From forestry and sawmill workers to treatment suppliers, nail plate and frame and truss manufacturers, distributers, carpenters, and tradies—the industry provides over 45,000 local jobs and contributes $24 billion to the Australian economy each year.

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