BENFIELD ATT GROUP
5-6 CASTLE WAY
SEVERNBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
GWENT NP26 5YG
Tel: 01291 437050
Fax: 01291 437051
Suppliers of: Timber frame roof trusses, timber frame kits, post and beam systems, timber engineering
Benfield ATT (Advanced Timber Technology) Group
Whether you are an Architect, Self-Builder, House Builder, Social Housing Provider, Developer or Contractor, our comprehensive services can help you realise your projects faster and more cost effectively. From site surveys, town planning, architectural design and structural engineering, through manufacturing and specialist erection, to procurement and project management services, our Value Engineering approach is designed to help you secure the project you want. And, with the name ’Benfield’ synonymous with high quality building & property development for over 80 years, you’ll know that your project is in safe hands.
By integrating Fast Founds + Fast Frame + Fabric First in a single price offering, today our Full Service, Design & Build organisation incorporates SIP’s, Timber Frame, CLT/XLAM, Fenestration and external Wall and Roof claddings to cut your construction costs and delivery times and give you price certainty.
We offer a range of services and products though our various dedicated websites. Please use the following links for further information:
Easy Timber Frame - The Timber Frame Self-Build Kit Home System
Easy Timber Frame Is a unique fusion of the best forms of timber construction with the simplest methods of conventional assembly. It combines the principles of Post & Beam structures with conventional Timber Frame Panels, enhanced to deliver strong Factory Insulated Panels (FIPs).
Prefabricated in a number of standard modular widths these can be used with other selected components to simplify basic building design.
Fast Frame Systems - Timber Frame
We provide Developers, Local Authorities, Community Groups, Architects and Commercial Builders specialist services and off-site construction solutions to build new Schools, Homes, Developments, Multi-party Dwellings, Flats, Student Accommodation and any other project.
Our system is designed so that within 8-10 weeks from order, we are on site, starting to build. And, give us a couple of weeks after that (providing your project management is sound), you should be ready to start cladding the exterior and start your services.
Simply Self-Build - Timber Frame Kits
You can either Choose from our range of selfbuild designs, supply us with a design of your own, or we can help you design it. We work to your requirements so we can do as much - or as little - as you would like us to.
TradTruss - Traditional Oak Roof Trusses & Porches
Feature trusses come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. Save yourself time and cost by choosing one from our range of pre-configured standard King & Queen post trusses put together from the most common requests we have received over the years or use our design service for a bespoke configurarion.
SolidLox - Timber Frame Post & Beam Buildings
SolidLox integrates time tested traditional Timber Framing techniques, with modern, state of the art engineering and components to deliver high quality standard and bespoke oak frames and other solid timber buildings at a reduced cost.
TimberTecs Eco Design - Professional Timber Frame Building Services
With Planning and Building Regulations now making it almost impossible for any individual to cover all aspects of sustainable environmetal construction, Timbertecs provides you with a "One Stop Planning Shop" for all building design and related professional services - especially your timber frame needs.
Our highly qualified team are able to offer you all the services you need to ensure that your building and development processes run smoothly, efficiently and with least trouble from the regulatory authorities.
These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.
Superior timber frame eco structures
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Superior timber frame eco structures
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Britains Housing Crisis
Britains Housing Crisis
In an important article released for publication, Professor Dr Michael Benfield offers solutions for Britain’s worsening housing crisis.
Addressing the nations need for emergency, transitional and key worker housing, he suggests ways in which emergency housing can be provided for people in urgent priority need. “In the absence of suitable housing stock within the local authority, many councils are forced to rent from private landlords or, most usually, to place people with nowhere to live in expensive bed and breakfast accommodation.” he states, adding that “The costs for this can run into thousands of pounds for just a few weeks.” In his view this form of homeless emergency accommodation is not only hugely expensive, it is also socially undesirable.
The article views today’s emergency as being similar to that of the immediate post war period. The government then introduced a ‘Temporary Housing Programme’, which enabled the rapid erection of prefabricated homes on almost any land that was available. With present and growing demand outstripping that of post war Britain, Professor Benfield argues that we again need to remove or relax planning and building regulations and space standards to enable short term homes to be provided.
Explaining how the wartime coalition government foresaw, prepared for, and enabled temporary homes to be built, the article associates the improved quality of ‘mobile’ homes with high end relocatable and Park Home developments. Linking the way work and social needs are changing with the possibility that today’s immigrants may someday become emigrants, future requirements for permanent settlements are also questioned. This challenges present day planning education and application to become more flexible and future orientated.
Banana & Potato Buildings
Banana & Potato Buildings.
Waste Not ....
A new Arup report predicts that organic waste, like bananas, potatoes and maize could be used as building materials. It claims this would help tackle the global problem of rising levels of waste and depleted resources. In the UK alone, construction accounts for 60% of all raw materials consumed.
Less Cost AND Less CO2
Envisaging a completely circular system, with building waste fed back into the biological cycle at the end of its service life and nutrients returned to the soil, the report argues that capturing organic waste streams from cities and the countryside could provide the industry with lower-cost, lower-CO2 building materials such as bricks, insulation and partition boards.
Arup believes that the potential for the bio-economy is "huge", with "Over 40 million tonnes of dried organic waste from agriculture and forestry produced in Europe in 2014 alone and the amount growing year on year."
Build-it - DON'T Burn it
While a kilogram of waste incinerated for energy recovery has a value of approximately 0.85 euros. the same material used for interior cladding could sell for up to six euros per kilogram, claims Arup. The report, The Urban Bio-loop, also points to advances in the development of alternative organic materials, including mushroom bricks grown in five days and waste potatoes used as insulation and acoustic absorbers.
Arup has created the SolarLeaf, the first facade system in the world cultivating micro-algae to generate heat and biomass, and BioBuild, the first self-supporting facade panel made from bio-composite materials. "As one of the world's largest users of resources we need to move away from our 'take, use, dispose' mentality," said Guglielmo Carra, Arup's Materials consulting lead for Europe.
Call to 'Scale-Up'
With some producers making lower-CO2 building products from organic materials, Carra believes that the industry needs to come together to scale up this activity so that it enters the mainstream. However, to do this an important first step is to work with government to rethink construction codes and regulations to consider waste as a resource, opening up the opportunity to repurpose it on an industrial-scale.
Current & In-Development
Peanut shells – already being used to produce low-cost materials like partition boards that are resistant to moisture and flame retardant.
Rice husk ash – being mixed with cement to reduce the need for fillers.
Rice - as a raw material for the production of boards.
Banana fruit and leaves – already being used to make rugged textiles. Bananas contain high strength fibre and have good acoustic absorption and durability.
Potato peel - can be cleaned, pressed and dried to create a low-weight, fire resistant, water repellent, insulating material and acoustic absorber.
Your Partner for Innovation
If you have an idea for improving the way materials can be used and waste avoided, talk to us. Our off-site construction systems already reduce the amount of material that gets wasted in your projects, helping to avoid land fill, hazardous waste separation and handling on-site, and delivering better value for you and your customers.
Empty Shells for "CUSTOM Self-Builds"
Our 'Benfield Homes UK' division is now working with architects & developers to take over the burden of dealing with the latest government planning requirement for 'Custom Self-Build' homes on every development. Observing agreed Design Codes and Plot Passports for planning permissions, our in-house architects and designers use advanced timber frame technology to provide 'empty' shells for 'Custom Self-Builders' to plan and fit out interiors to suit their own ideas. Four stages of completion are offered, from bare shell, with elevations completed, through to 'turnkey' delivery.
PLEASE CONTACT US FOR AN INFORMAL DISCUSSION AS TO HOW WE MIGHT WORK TOGETHER