Building Envelope

understanding your building

This layer of the Building Envelope consists of the load bearing structure that carries the roof, floors and in some cases the walls. This can consist of masonry, reinforced concrete, Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs) or timber frame. Some people do not realise that a traditional heavy timber frame is a load bearing structure and not just decoration. The frame holds up the floors, roof and walls where necessary. It also holds all the doors and windows which provide the control layer.

The control layer keeps the elements out whilst providing both access and security. The roof, doors and windows are the most obvious components of this layer. Less obvious but just as important are all the components that make modern homes warm, dry and easy to heat. All of this is achieved with the use of vapour barriers, breathable membranes, insulation and cladding to name just a few elements.

The finish layer is what the majority of people care about the most because this is how your building looks. It is everything you see when you are sat in the lounge or at the dining table. It surrounds us. From the most obvious decorating elements through to seemingly only structural or functional components they all combine to create the finish. From wallpaper and skirting boards to staircases and lampshades it all effects how we feel about our home. This of course includes your oak frame.

The Oak Frame
An oak frame works as a part of all three layers of the building envelope. It provides the physical structure for the rest of the building by carrying the floor and roof loads. The frame is also an important part of the control layer when it is directly glazed or clad. Finally it provides an aesthetic that people love. The look of the finished timber frame is the main reason for building in oak. It is natural. It is solid. It is real. And it is beautiful.