Aside from being 50% faster & 30% cheaper than standard masonry construction; there are many clear benefits to timber frame in comparison to block in Ireland. Speed, energy efficient & cost are important factors; but what Irish self-builders often don’t realise is that when living in a well insulated, air tight home – you actually won’t be concerned about heating your home in the colder months. You’ll be more concerned about cooling in the hotter summer months.
Self-builders of new, contemporary homes in Ireland are a huge fan of large spans of glazing. It may seem odd coming from the poorly insulated home you’re most likely renting at the moment; but the the risk of overheating, even in the milder months, is high. It’s no coincidence that most (if not all) passive homes are constructed using timber frame.
Timber frame is thermally responsive which means that it heats quickly & also cools quickly when needed, and works works extremally well with underfloor heating. Block on the other hand is largely held to regard because of it’s thermal mass – all this really means is that it takes longer to heat & longer to cool, and this isn’t the ideal scenario when designing an energy efficient, future-proofed home.