Timber frame in Portugal.
Firstly you are buying an engineered product; it will be manufactured to very high computer operated standard. Once drawings have been received from a client, or the appointed architect, a team of engineers produce a set of calculations designed to prove the strength and structural integrity of the design.
After this the design team set to work on the panels, Eco-joists and Trussed Rafters that make up the components of a timber frame construction. It is now that minor faults will be detected and corrected not as is the case in traditional building where they are solved on site sometimes not in the best manner for the eventual outcome. These timber frame constructions have very few defects because they are factory engineered and arrive on site accurately built.
In the United Kingdom the National House Building Council has reported fewer problems resulting from timber frame than any other method of construction.
Control of the build is also more manageable with timber frame because of the very short period of time needed to arrive at a weatherproof shell. For a fairly average house project this is less than a week, so you can then choose to get in your tradesman at your pace and therefore control both the quality and the budget of your build. Time saved here in Portugal on the entire build could easily exceed 60% when comparing it to a new build concrete structure.
Some of the advantages of timber frame over concrete.
Speed of construction the frame is finished in under a week where as a similar concrete structure may take months to complete due to the curing process.
The fast build times also mean that development costs are less expensive.
Timber frame also creates an air cavity allowing the building to breathe more easily preventing damp both from the outside and from condensation build up on the inside.
The carbon footprint of timber frame construction is significantly lower.
Thermal values of timber frame construction are far easier and cheaper to implement, also reflective barriers built into the panels make these buildings warm in the winter and cool in the summer for a lot less money.
No cosmetic cracking as is possible with concrete builds.
Guaranteed to be defect free straight from the factory no on site construction can give you the same guarantee.
Timber frame can often be used on poorer ground conditions than concrete this is due to the far lighter weight.
Pipes and conduit are easily accessed as they are not buried inside the concrete meaning that burst pipes or faulty electrics are cheaper and faster to repair.