10 Benefits of Timber Buildings for your Campsite

Posted by Anne-Marie Adams on May 23, 2019 2:49:24 PM

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Natural Material

Camping in the UK is on the rise as more people come to appreciate 'being at one with nature' and enjoying the great outdoors. Choosing to build your campsite accommodation using timber

will give your guests the natural experience they are hoping for whilst still providing them with the comfort and warmth the Glamping Industry expects. Timber is a natural material which has lots of advantages. Generally is is non-toxic, tactile and safe to touch. Wood can smell incredible too, giving your guests a wonderful sensory experience that will help them to create lasting memories whilst staying in your Glamping Pod or Camping Cabin. 

Pre Fabricated

Reducing the build time on site has many benefits, if you are installing a Timber Building on your campsite during the Spring, Summer or Autumn season, you will certainly need to minimise any disruption on site.

If like most campsites you are looking to build your accommodation buildings over the winter period, you will also benefit from a modular building that is manufactured off site, delivered and installed over a few days. This will free up your time to project manage ground works and minimise damage to the ground on your farm or campsite.

Timber framed accommodation is often thought of as a lightweight form of construction, but don’t be misled. It is a custom-made structure that is remarkably strong and durable. There are many advantages to timber frame construction, but its best-known quality is its environmental excellence.

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Ecology and Sustainability

People have been building with timber for thousands of years. Timber is ecological and sustainable and a truly renewable building material. Timber is grown quicker than it is used. Most of the main timber supplying countries have long-standing policies to re-grow more timber than is felled. If new trees are planted to replace those harvested, timber will continue to be available. Timber is milled all over the world and is often used close to where it is produced. This promotes local economies and reduces the energy needed to transport materials long distances.

Low in Production Energy

It takes very little energy to convert the wood in trees to the timber used in building. This means that the embodied energy in timber is low. In fact it is the lowest of almost all common building materials.

A store for Carbon

Timber is made from carbon drawn from the atmosphere. This carbon would otherwise be adding to the greenhouse effect. Using timber in buildings stores the carbon for as long as the building stands or the timber is used.

Offers great Insulation

Timber is a natural insulator and can help reduce energy needs when it is used in windows, doors and floors. A timber frame allows more space for insulation than a brick building, and wood itself also has naturally thermally insulating properties. Of course, a better insulated home requires less energy to heat and cool, which typically means less fossil fuel use.

Wood also has better insulating properties than steel. Wood's structure contains minute air pockets, which limit its ability to conduct heat and help to minimise the energy needed for heating and cooling our eco timber houses providing very energy efficient homes.

Energy Efficient Accommodation

Wood helps to minimise energy consumption in several ways. Life cycle of a product studies show that wood and timber frame houses significantly outperform steel and concrete.

Easy to work

Timber is versatile and can be used in a wide variety of ways. Being light, it is easy to install and can be worked with simple equipment. This reduces the energy needed for construction. Different species of tree produce timber of differing colours, textures and functional qualities.

No limits on design and size

Considering the relationship between using the material and the environment is very important when building a home. Using timber as the main building material is the right choice with its endless design possibilities, as well as unrivalled physical and technical properties for a timber frame home.

Quick Build Time

The speed of the build is quicker with timber. A timber frame can be partly pre-cut, modulated, and built to precision making build time much quicker than for a brick build. Time is also saved since less building debris is around to clear.

Timber-framed buildings are far quicker to erect than brick or stone buildings. A quicker build time clearly saves time and money for both domestic and commercial property owners. Building with timber is also a less specialised and expensive skill.

Durable and Easy to Maintain

Timber is a highly durable material. Some well-made wooden structures last for centuries. It is also easy and cheap to maintain compared to other materials, especially if you don’t mind it changing colour over time.

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