SunnyDub wrote:To a layman it doesn't make sense why a 20th century technology like timber frame, used all over the world including the US, should not be more widely available here. I suspect it's due to a lack of experience, expertise and sharp practice?
Anyway, my perception is that it's cheaper for same or better quality, so why don't we build more other than negative perception, are there real reasons?
firstly, TF are not cheaper than block builds... they are quicker build and therein lies their advantage.
secondly, ireland has a climate with very very high humidity levels, a climate almost unique (yes i know!!!) in the world..... build systems from the US Canada or even mid europe may not be suitable in these climates. High humidity mixed with badly constructed TF houses is a recipe for disaster. there are some very good TF systems on teh market, but there are also bad ones!...