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The Timber Frame House in the South West

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The timber frame house is the construction technique that best suits most regional styles. The timber frame house is the construction technique that best suits most regional styles. Discover the construction process of the SIC Houses.

Why build a timber frame house?

La timber frame house, is the construction technique that best suits most regional styles. It is therefore the most widespread.

The walls of the wooden frame house are made on the basis of a structure made up of wooden frames spaced 40 to 60 cm apart and between which the insulating materials are placed. This construction technique also allows prefabrication of complete walls in the factory, sheltered from bad weather.

Clos-couvert can be completed in just a few days, as there is no drying time.

The tendency to better insulate the houses, leads, more and more to double this framework of an external peripheral insulation in heavy insulating materials of wood fiber type, for example.

This improves insulation, provides a better thermal phase shift for the benefit of summer comfort and eliminates all thermal bridges attributable to the wooden frame.

The wooden frame house finally allows more economical extensions and faster to implement.


The benefits of building a timber frame house

The main advantage of the timber frame house construction is that it allows the manufacturing in the workshop of wall panels, dry and safe.

Once the walls are finished, they are loaded onto a semi-trailer and then erected on the construction site using a crane arm or crane.

Thus, in two days, the walls are up; only the floors or frames remain to be assembled before the house is out of water.

This method of manufacturing requires anticipation, good management of supplies, design mastered to the nearest millimeter, synchronization with other trades. It also guarantees that the wood has not been subjected to bad weather for several weeks (unlike the mounting of the walls on the slab).

A more successful stage of prefabrication involves manufacturing the floors and frames in advance, in the workshop. For example, a framework comes in the form of boxes which are assembled on site by a crane.

Wood makes for great projects. The wooden house is appreciated for its well-being side, for its smell, its comfort, its inertia.

It is undeniably a high-end project that enhances your heritage.

Wood constructions are eco-friendly, durable; they fit into the natural environment and are built more quickly than a traditional house. The freedom of forms and the architectural possibilities will seduce you.

Where does the wood we use come from?

The wood used by Sic houses generally comes from Scandinavia and more particularly from Sweden.

The wood we select is raised there at altitude to develop mechanical properties and greater resistance than conventional wood.

It is transported by boat to Rochefort, it is then transported to our workshops in the department of Lot et Garonne (47).

The wood is classified according to the standard NF B 52-001 and sorted respecting its singularities: number of knots, knot diameters, resin pocket, biological alterations.

Our production workshops

Our workshops are all located in the department of Lot and Garonne (47); They are dedicated to the manufacture of glued laminated beams, the production of industrial and traditional frameworks, wood frame structures (solid wood or glued laminated wood), calculated sections.

You should know that, as soon as the wood is taken care of in our factory, it receives a fungicide treatment, and a colored treatment to be certain of its execution.

Then the wood is shaped according to its uses: joists, braces, purlins, beams... OSB panels treated against termites are associated. They ensure the rigidity, solidity and closure of the structure. Then comes the installation of the rainscreen, cladding, etc.

Timber frame house and fire resistance

Wood transmits 10 times less heat than concrete and 250 times slower than steel. It does not explode, which may be the case with certain concretes, and burns slowly. Wooden structures do not give off toxic fumes when they burn. Finally, wood retains its mechanical and load-bearing capacities longer when it is exposed to high heat.


Timber frame house and seismic standards

Timber frame houses have a good reputation for earthquake resistance. The strength to mass ratio of wood material is high. Under dynamic and seismic stresses, this relative lightness of the materials limits the forces of inertia and therefore the forces in the structure. The many assemblies by metal fasteners have nonlinear and hysteretic behaviors. During movement of the structure, this type of behavior means that part of the energy of the deformation linked to the earthquake is not reconverted into kinetic energy, which reduces the risk in the structure, and therefore the forces in the structure. -this.


Solidity of timber frame houses

The behavior in a rigid assembly designates two aspects: first, the fact that the horizontal diaphragms (floors and roofs) are sufficiently rigid to distribute the forces in proportion to the rigidities of the walls. Then, that the distribution and the rigidity of the walls do not themselves induce zones of over–constraints. The wood also allows that the effort can be distributed on each level unlike the concrete which reproduces its efforts on the lateral parts of the building.


Wood treatment

In Europe and in France in particular, the durability and preservation of wood are areas well covered by standardization and regulations. They define the specifications which the wood must meet, so that resistance to insects, fungi and marine organisms that cause wood degradation is ensured in service. The performances are defined by the suitability for use in a determined use class, which corresponds to the field of use of the wood. Objective achieved either by sufficient natural durability, or by a preservative treatment, or by a combination of these two requirements. Works likely to trap water fall into this class.


Additional equipment


All types of heating are possible in a wooden house. The Maisons Sic recommend hydraulic underfloor heating and winch heaters (which have no wind tunnel effect) which provide great comfort in summer and winter alike. The addition of a pleasure stove is quite possible.


Wood wool

Wood wool is a natural insulator that provides comfort in winter close to that of glass wool and superior in summer. It provides good sound insulation.


Dubbing by Fermacell

Natural and recyclable, it is solid, has great inertia and is resistant to water and noise.

Lining with Placo Activ Air durably improves indoor air quality, it can reduce the formaldehyde concentration in the ambient air by up to 80%. It is particularly recommended for bedrooms. Finally, it is of course possible to install photovoltaic and home automation systems allowing the management of roller shutters, heating or light.

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