Timber frame construction, a forward-looking and flexible building method

Timber frame construction, a forward-looking and flexible building method Timber frame construction, a forward-looking and flexible building method Timber frame construction, a forward-looking and flexible building method Timber frame construction, a forward-looking and flexible building method Timber frame construction, a forward-looking and flexible building method

Our wooden frame construction can be used for all floor plans and types of building. Wood frame construction is highly suited as a building system for the construction of residential property, large residential complexes, commercial premises and public buildings. Peter Müller GmbH builds detached family houses, hotels, offices and commercial premises using timber frame construction, applying its wide-ranging experience in planning, design, production and construction.

The design grid, which is determined by the planking dimensions (e.g. panel size), can be handled independently of the building grid. This means that there are no restrictions on planning and design. Especially economical designs result when planners take account of the system-specific qualities of wood frame construction.

Wooden frame construction, a multilayered system

What is typical of wood frame construction are the multiple layers of the components used in the superstructure parts. Each layer is assigned a specific function depending on its technical qualities:

  • Frame: horizontal and vertical load transfer
  • Planking inside and outside: reinforcement and functional layer (fire protection, air- and windproof sealing, possibly weather protection)
  • Insulation in cavities: thermal insulation, soundproofing and fire protection

Development of wood frame technology

Timber frame construction is a technology that has been reimported from North America, where it developed from the traditional half-timbered construction of European immigrants. 90% of all detached family homes are constructed in this manner. It can also be used for large projects of up to seven levels.

Wood frame construction in Western Europe developed primarily on the initiative of the German carpentry industry in the 1980s.

Permeable wood frame construction

In the 1990s permeable wood frame construction developed as a variation of wood frame construction. Today it represents the standard in wood frame buildings. The bracing wooden sheets on the interior of the load-bearing wood frame are arranged in such a way that they also form an airtight vapour barrier. This means that there is no need for a dedicated vapour barrier on the interior. This type of construction is particularly resistant to the undesired effects of moisture thanks to its dehumidifying behaviour (greater airtightness inside than outside).

Timber construction – a method of building for the future

Preventive chemical wood protection is not required according to DIN 68 800. The timber industry has taken account of the requirements of modern timber construction for example by developing standardised, quality-monitored wood products such as solid structural timber (KVH). Substantiated scientific support through academic research ensures that wooden frame construction is a method of building for the future.*

Efficiency trough optimal calculability

Wood frame construction is an efficient system of building with a generally clear supporting structure. This allows for a logical and predictable supporting frame to be implemented. The usual criteria of load transmission and bracing must be examined together with the close interaction of structural physical factors and fire protection regulations. Structural frame and architectural planning should go hand in hand.

Developing and demonstrating individual, project-related details require networked thinking. Peter Müller GmbH can offer you this expert, cross-discipline network consisting of in-house planners in partnership with external civil and structural engineers, technical building service providers and architects.

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* Source : Infomationsdienst Holz - holzbau handbuch - Reihe 1 - Teil 1 - Folge 7