Timber Frame Specifications

Every timber frame construction has to be designed within the standard of BS 5268 or Eurocode BS EN 1995-1. The design can be provided by ourselves at the Belmont Group or be constructed to the timber frame specifications and drawings provided by your own architect. To start construction we will need the following.

  • Scaled floor plans mainly 1:50 which show the layout the dimensions internal and external, walls, dimensioned openings and the position of the staircase and key service configurations.
  • The elevations mainly 1:100 showing the roof covering whether tile or slate, external cladding types for example brick or render.
  • The position of the staircase or staircases in detail, structural openings in the floors, balustrade configurations and fixings and the position of quarter or half landings.
  • The finished floor heights the external structural openings, floor finishes .
  • The actual start date and the time scale for the build.

We will normally supply a full set of structural calculations and provide the Hb353b and NHBC certificate or equivalent.

Our build programme will run to the most efficient use of time and labour reducing costs and environmental emissions. Deliveries are staged and timed to make the optimum use of heavy lifting gear, scaffolding and the time of our erection crew.

The Code For Sustainable Homes (CFSH) was introduced in 2007 by the then government. It is the nationally agreed standard for any individual, or any company, designing and building sustainable new homes. The CFSH specifies nine factors by which sustainable design may be measured:

1. Energy CO2
2. Water
3. Materials
4. Surface water run-off (flooding and flood prevention)
5. Waste
6. Pollution
7. Health and well-being
8. Management
9. Ecology

Since 2008 every new home that is built must have a code rating, when you apply for planning permission it is the home owners’ responsibility to ensure a condition relating to the code standard for the new home. There are six code ratings where six is the best and which is called ‘zero carbon’ and it is now mandatory to have a code-level for a new building. It is advisable to use a qualified assessor to assist with the code compliance as this application can be very time consuming and expensive. It is a good idea to talk with your architect or our design team who can assist you at the earliest stage of design and construction.