Helping You Build Your Energy Efficient Dream Home
Better homes create better lives and making the decision to build your own home rather than take one ‘off the peg’ takes a lot of serious thought. The amount of time and work involved in planning, designing and building your own home can be vast but the results can be amazing. We understand that every self build project is unique, one of a kind and undeniably special.
Frame TechnologiesTM can help at every stage of the process to create your dream home. Our range of timber technology and bespoke services are ideal for the self builder looking to turn a concept into a reality. We can easily integrate with other construction methods including brick and block, stone and other timber frame systems.
We have a very specific service for self builders so get in touch to discuss your plans for the future and what Frame TechnologiesTM can do for you.
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Why Frame Technologies?
Frame TechnologiesTM is best known for delivering energy efficient homes specifically to the self build market throughout the UK. Please feel free to speak to our self build team about your next build – they will be happy to assist.
- Delivering energy efficient homes as standard
- Flexible approach to customers' requirements
- Bespoke solutions to suit your design
- Insulation solutions tailored to your requirements
- Sustainable materials
- Robust Supply Chain
Get a quote – it couldn’t be easier
To begin our simple quotation process, send in your drawings and supporting information direct to us at Frame TechnologiesTM or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We accept drawings in both .DWG and PDF format. Depending on what stage of your project you are at, we can provide two different types of quotations.
Made to Order
Please send us the latest finalised architect’s floor plans and section drawings in .DWG format, together with window and door schedule and information relating to thermal performance. When we receive the above we will create preliminary drawings. These are produced for the timber frame and issued for client approval. Any extra costs must be confirmed at this stage so they can be accommodated within the final design.
The approval of the preliminary design sets a 'design freeze' enabling Frame TechnologiesTM to progress into the manufacturing stage. Any changes made after the design freeze will affect the delivery date and may incur additional costs. The final construction drawings are issued to the client for their record keeping after completion of erection and handover on site.
SAP / Code Compliance
Frame Technologies can assist in helping you achieve a wide range of building code requirements and excellent U-Value calculations including air pressure testing, so you can achieve the highest possible rating for your project. Where planning legislation dictates, Frame TechnologiesTM can assist by offering:
Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) and SAP calculations – work should not be commenced on site until the ‘as designed’ calculations have been submitted to Building Control. Upon completion, an ‘as built’ assessment is required and should also be submitted to Building Control together with the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Please speak to us for more help and guidance on SBEM and SAP.
Frame TechnologiesTM can also help with the creation of Energy Statements to give guidance on building fabric performance and the sourcing of sustainable materials to achieve high BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) ratings. We can also advise on improving the building fabric to reduce the Dwelling Emission Rate (DER)
Energy Efficiency (Fabric First Fit & Forget)
Insulation is crucial to any domestic energy efficient home. Modern building regulations dictate high levels and improved standards of insulation. This is critical to reducing heating bills, less fuel consumption and improved climate care. Timber is a naturally insulating material and, combined with additional insulation can give U-values as low as 0.09 W/m2K.
Factory-fitted insulation now comes as standard in our drive to help our customers achieve the best possible rating for their building and optimise overall build efficiency. If your project demands, we can supply your timber technology components and insulation separately for onsite build.
Frame TechnologiesTM carefully consider the sustainability of all of the materials we use. The traditional (non-natural) insulation materials we supply have been selected to be as eco-friendly as possible by sourcing locally and choosing manufacturers with a high awareness of their responsibilities to the environment.
We have many insulation options available but speak to us and we will help you find your optimum solution.
Mineral Wool (Glass or Stone) – this delivers zero rated Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and the structure of the finished product allows the rolls to be highly compressed when packed, reducing the amount of transport required. Both glass wool and rock wool have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than 5 and an A1 Fire Rating. Options include onsite fitting by Frame Technologies or supply only.
Sheep’s Wool, Hemp and Wood Fibre – these natural products are sustainable, renewable and safe to handle without specialist equipment. We supply standard sized rolls making installation quick and easy. All products are breathable, will naturally regulate moisture and temperature and have zero Global Warming Potential (GWP). Supply only option available.
Recycled Paper – made from recycled newspapers, we install recycled paper insulation by spraying or blowing it onto walls or into cavities. This method reduces the potential for gaps and will provide excellent airtightness. This option has a zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and a negative Global Warming Potential (GWP) and will require onsite fitting by Frame TechnologiesTM.
Rigid Urethane with Foil Facings – manufactured locally, less than 10 miles from the Frame TechnologiesTM site, the manufacturing process produces no CFCs or HCFCs and delivers zero rated Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP). Options include factory fitted or supply only.
Airtightness measures of the amount of air leaking from your home. A building with poor airtightness will lose a significant amount of heat as warm air escapes. Warm, damp air leaking into the fabric of the house can also lead to condensation. Current Building Regulations have a minimum airtightness of 10m3/h/m2. To achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3, an airtightness level of 3m3/h/m2 is required.
Frame TechnologiesTM is able to exceed both of these specifications with airtightness as low as 1m3/h/m2, should your project require it.
- With the need to control air leakage as defined in Approved Document L of the Building Regulations, we can supply effective barriers to assist in the reduction of air leakage, which includes:
- Membranes and/or tapes for sealing joints or apertures around building services.
- Airtightness detailing in critical areas such as intermediate floor to external wall panels.
- Battens to form service zones to reduce the need for penetration through the barriers.
- By using OSB sheathing on internal face of external walls then taped gives excellent results.
Site Visit & Delivery
Once the design process is up and running and nearing completion you will be contacted by one of our Site Install Managers in order to arrange a site visit. Besides meeting with your appointed Project Manager and establishing your new point of contact for the construction phase, the purpose of this visit is to assess: Site access & conditions for deliveries on artics, possible obstructions, scaffold requirements and any other potential consideration.
Foundations are a key element to a smooth project. Foundations should be set out using the approved soleplate drawing as this will ensure that the timber frame will fit precisely. Foundations should be installed to line and level tolerances of +/- 5mm. Again this will ensure a good fit during the erection process. Please make sure these are checked prior to the arrival of the timber frame
Scaffold details are provided within the quotation documents but should also be discussed at the initial site meeting with your Project Manager. It is usually a good idea for your scaffolding contractor to attend the meeting. Any concerns you have during the build should be raised with your appointed Site Install Manager who will monitor and control the erect process.
Once complete we will arrange a sign off meeting. This process provides an opportunity to review the build, inspect and raise any concerns or queries that you may have prior to handover of the structure to follow on trades. During this meeting we will complete a thorough checklist ensuring that the structure complies with the strict tolerances and standards that we are required to work.
Financing your project with BuildStore Mortgage Services
Building your Frame Technologies home has never been easier!
If you dream of building your own Frame Technologies home and need help funding this, it's important to get expert mortgage advice early on, to have a clear understanding of your budget and borrowing options.
We recommend your first point of call when thinking about your mortgage options should be BuildStore Mortgage Services - the UK's self build mortgage experts. Their specialist mortgage advisers will recommend and tailor a borrowing solution to suit your financial circumstances, build and payment schedule.
Self Build Mortgages
As your self build home will be built and paid for in stages, rather than borrowing funds using a traditional mortgage, a self build mortgage which releases funds in stages throughout the build rather than a single amount, is more suitable.
There are two types of self build mortgage. They are defined by how funds are released during the build, where your stage payments are either subject to an increase in the value of works completed or guaranteed based on your costs.
A valuation based stage payment mortgage releases funds after each stage of works are complete, where a valuation has taken place showing an uplift in value. This borrowing option may not suit your build payment terms if you've chosen a timber frame construction.
The BuildStore Cost Based Stage Payment Mortgage provides guaranteed payments based on your build costs either before or after each build stage, depending on your build payment schedule.
Cost Based Stage Payments
Your build payment schedule can influence your choice of mortgage, and often dictate the need for guaranteed cost based stage payments. Especially if you've chosen a timber frame construction for your new home, as it's likely that your supplier will need payment in full before the structure is delivered onsite.
The BuildStore cost based stage payment mortgage is ideally suited to timber frame builds, as your stage payments can be released before each build stage and are guaranteed based on your costs, so you'll have the cash you need to meet your supplier's payment terms.
The BuildStore Difference
- Specialist knowledge and expertise
- Competitive interest rates
- Exclusive products and lenders
- Interest only during the build
- Guarenteed cost based stage payments available
- Ability to stay in your current home until your new one is complete
- Tailored cashflow to suit your build and payment schedule
For more information and expert advice on how to fund your self build click here to enquire or call 0345 223 4888.
Your home may be repossessed if you do not keep up repayments on your mortgage.
BuildStore Mortgage Services Ltd do not charge a fee for self build and custom build mortgages. For other mortgage types a fee of £395 is charged, which is payable on offer.
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