BENFIELD ATT GROUP

5-6 CASTLE WAY
SEVERNBRIDGE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE
CALDICOT
MONMOUTHSHIRE
GWENT NP26 5YG

Tel: 01291 437050
Fax: 01291 437051

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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.

BALCONIES . .
BALCONIES Bolt On Systems .
BALCONIES Cantilever Systems .
BALCONIES Complete .
BALCONIES Freestanding Construction Built On Systems
BALCONIES Juliette .
BALCONIES Juliette Purpose Made
BALCONIES Modular Systems .
BALCONIES Prefabricated .
BALCONIES RetroFit Systems Retro-Fit
BALCONIES Timber Purpose Made
BALCONIES Timber Kit Systems .
BALCONY Balustrade Systems .
BALCONY Decking .
BALCONY Freestanding Systems .
BALCONY Panels .
BALCONY Railings .
BALCONY Rails .
BALCONY Systems .
BALCONY Systems Purpose Made
BALUSTRADES Timber .
BALUSTRADES Timber Exterior/Outdoor
BALUSTRADES Timber Hardwood
BALUSTRADES Timber Pressure Treated
BALUSTRADES Timber Softwood
BEAMS 'I' I Timber
BEAMS Oak .
BEAMS Timber .
BEAMS Timber Engineered
BEAMS Timber Open Web
BEAMS Timber Trussed
BICYCLE SHELTERS Timber Framed .
BIN STORES Bin Storage Housings .
BIN STORES Bin Storage Wheeled Bin Shelters .
BINS Storage .
BOARDS Sheathing Timber Frame BS EN 594:2011
BOARDS Sheathing Timber Frame EN 14358
BOARDS SIP Panel Construction .
BUILDING FRAMES . .
BUILDING FRAMES OSM Offsite Manufacturer .
BUILDING FRAMES Timber .
BUILDINGS Timber Frames .
BUILDINGS Timber Frames FSC Accredited
CANOPIES Door Timber Frame
CANOPIES Freestanding Timber
CANOPIES Timber Framed .
CAR PORTS Timber Purpose Made .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber .
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Canadian Western Red Cedar
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Cedar Shingles
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Factory Paint Finish
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Factory Stained
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Fire Retardant Treated Timber ASTM D2898 Tested
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber FSC Certified
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Fully Finished
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Green Oak
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Larch
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Offset Profile
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Painted RAL Colours
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Purpose Made Profiles
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Redwood
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Shiplap
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Sweet Chestnut
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Top Coated Spruce
CLADDINGS EXTERNAL Timber Finish .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Timber .
CLADDINGS INTERNAL Timber Finish .
CORBELS Timber .
CPD SEMINARS Timber Frame Construction .
DECKING Modified Timber / Thermally Treated Timber .
DECKING Timber .
DECKING Timber European Softwood
DECKING Timber FSC Certified
DECKING Timber FSC/PEFC Sourced Wood
DECKING Timber Grooved
DECKING Timber Ground and Water Contact Boards/Joists
DECKING Timber Hardwood
DECKING Timber Pressure Treated
DECKING Timber Slip Resistant/Anti-Slip/Low Slip
DECKING Timber Structural
FACADES Timber .
FACADES Timber Clad .
FLOOR BEAMS Timber .
FLOOR JOISTS Engineered Timber Engineered Wood (I-Joists)
FLOOR JOISTS Timber .
FLOORING Solid Timber Wood
FLOORING Timber Solid Wood
FRAMING SYSTEMS Engineered Timber .
GARAGES Stand Alone .
GARAGES Stand Alone Timber Purpose Made
GARAGES Stand Alone Timber Self-Assembly
GARDEN Decking Modified Timber / Thermally Treated Timber
GARDEN Decking Solid Timber
GARDEN ROOMS Timber .
GUARD RAILS Balcony .
HANDRAILS Timber .
HARDWOODS See Also TIMBER:
HOME OFFICES
INSULATION BOARDS Timber Frame Applications .
INSULATION EXTERNAL BOARD Structural Insulated Panel Constructions (SIPS) .
INSULATION MATS Timber Frame Batts .
INSULATION MATS Timber Frames .
JETTIES Timber .
JETTY Decking Timber
JOISTS . .
JOISTS Timber Engineered
JOISTS Timber Steel Web Engineered Composite Floors Roofs
JULIETTE BALCONIES See Also BALCONIES: Juliette .
LOG BUILDINGS
LOG HOUSES
LOG HOUSES Kit Form .
MEMBRANES Breather Type Timber Frame Construction
MEMBRANES Timber Frame Construction .
MEMBRANES Wall Timber Frame Construction
MODIFIED TIMBER Heat Treated Timber .
MODIFIED TIMBER Thermally Treated Timber Decking
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Barn Conversions .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Barns .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Commercial .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Post and Beam .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Residential .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Self Build .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Structural .
OAK FRAME BUILDINGS Timber Frame .
PANELS Structural Insulated
PANELS Timber Finish .
PONTOONS Timber .
PORCHES Decorative .
PORCHES Kit Form .
PORCHES Kit Form Timber
PORCHES Purpose Made .
PORCHES Timber .
POSTS Timber .
RAILINGS Timber .
RAINSCREEN SYSTEMS Timber Wood
RETAINING WALLS Timber .
ROOF TRUSSES . See Also ROOFING TRUSSES:
ROOFING SYSTEMS Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) .
ROOFING TRUSSES Attic .
ROOFING TRUSSES Design .
ROOFING TRUSSES Double Bottom Chord .
ROOFING TRUSSES Erection Service .
ROOFING TRUSSES Feature .
ROOFING TRUSSES Timber .
ROOFING TRUSSES Timber Purpose Made .
ROOFING TRUSSES Traditional Oak .
SHELTERS Outside Storage Secure
SOFTWOODS See Also TIMBER: .
SPANDREL PANELS Timber Frame .
SPANDREL PANELS Timber Frame Dividing Wall .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Commercial .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Domestic .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Purpose Made Bespoke and Custom Designs .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Rails: Timber .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Solid Timber .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Timber .
SPIRAL STAIRCASES Timber Purpose Made Bespoke
STAIR BALUSTERS Period Reproduction .
STAIR BALUSTERS Wood Spindles .
STAIR BALUSTERS Wood Spindles Barley Twist .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Commercial .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Domestic .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Fixing Systems BM TRADA Q Mark .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Hardwood .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Oak .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Purpose Made .
STAIR BALUSTRADING Softwood .
STAIR COMPONENTS . .
STAIR COMPONENTS Period Reproduction .
STAIR FABRICATION .
STAIR HANDRAILS Continuous .
STAIR NEWELS Newel Posts .
STAIR NEWELS Newel Posts Period Reproduction
STAIR RAILS . .
STAIR RAILS Purpose Made .
STAIR SPINDLES See Also STAIR BALUSTERS: .
STAIRCASES Architectural .
STAIRCASES Kit Form .
STAIRCASES Oak .
STAIRCASES Open .
STAIRCASES Purpose Made Bespoke
STAIRCASES Purpose Made Timber
STAIRCASES Softwood .
STAIRCASES Straight Flight .
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood .
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Bracket Fix
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Continuous Handrail
STAIRCASES Timber/Wood Straight Handrail
STORAGE Systems Purpose Made Bespoke
STORAGE Walls .
STORAGE BUNKERS Agricultural .
STORAGE BUNKERS Biodiesel Bioliquid .
STORAGE BUNKERS Coal Bunkers .
STORAGE CONTAINERS . .
STORAGE CONTAINERS Log Stores .
STORAGE CONTAINERS Petroleum Bins .
STRUCTURAL Engineering in Timber .
STRUCTURAL Engineering in Timber BS 5268:1985 Part 2
STRUCTURAL Timber .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES . .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES External Wall Insulation Systems (EWI Systems) .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Modular Units .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Multi Storey .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES OSM (Offsite Manufacture) .
STRUCTURAL FRAMES Timber .
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) CFC Free .
STRUCTURAL INSULATED PANELS (SIPS) OSM (Offsite Manufacture) .
SUMMERHOUSES
TEMPLATES Staircase Construction .
TIMBER American Oak .
TIMBER Ash .
TIMBER Beech .
TIMBER Cedar .
TIMBER Chestnut .
TIMBER Components .
TIMBER Components Hardwood
TIMBER Components Purpose Made Bespoke
TIMBER CSA Certified .
TIMBER Douglas Fir .
TIMBER Elm .
TIMBER Engineering Off Site .
TIMBER Engineers .
TIMBER Fire Retardant Treated Timber .
TIMBER Floor Installation
TIMBER Floor Framing Systems .
TIMBER FSC Certified .
TIMBER FSC Certified Hardwoods
TIMBER FSC Certified Softwoods
TIMBER Hardwoods .
TIMBER Hardwoods European
TIMBER Hardwoods Kiln Dried
TIMBER Hardwoods Machined
TIMBER Hardwoods North American
TIMBER Hardwoods Square Edged Lumber
TIMBER Lodges .
TIMBER Oak .
TIMBER PEFC Certified .
TIMBER Pine .
TIMBER Profiles .
TIMBER Profiles Hardwood
TIMBER Softwoods .
TIMBER Spruce/Pine/Fir .
TIMBER Structural Applications .
TIMBER Thermally Modified .
TIMBER Walnut .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Boards BS 5268 .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Complete System .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING CSA Certified .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Design Services .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING FSC Certified .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Insulation .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Kit .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING OSM (Offsite Manufacture) .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Panels .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Post and Beam Modular Laminated Timber .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Self-Build Kits .
TIMBER FRAME HOUSING Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) .
TRUSSED RAFTERS BS 5268 Part 3 .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Design Service .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Feature .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Timber .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Timber Purpose Made .
TRUSSED RAFTERS Timber/Metal Web .
TRUSSES Timber .
WALKWAYS Timber .
WALL PANELS EXTERNAL Structural Insulated (SIPS) .
WEATHERBOARDS Timber .
WEATHERBOARDS Timber FSC Certified
WEATHERBOARDS Timber Fully Finished
WEATHERBOARDS Timber Hardwood
WEATHERBOARDS Timber PEFC Certified
BELVEDERE Balconies
EASY TIMBER FRAME Timber Frame Self Build Kits
FAST FRAME SYSTEMS Timber Frame Housing
SIMPLY BUILD EXTENSIONS Timber Frame Self Build Kits
SIMPLY SELF BUILD Timber Frame Self Build Kits
SOLIDLOX Post & Beam Building Systems
TIMBERTECS Timber Frame Building Services
TRADTRUSS Roof Trusses

Britains Housing Crisis

December 2017

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

December 2017

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.

Huge Potential
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.


New Inventions
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

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