Timber frame speeds construction of energy efficient homes in Selby

Timber frame speeds construction of energy efficient homes in Selby

New homes on Karbon’s £12m development in Thorpe Willoughby, near Selby are taking shape, thanks to the use of timber frame construction.

The housebuilder reports that all 70 homes on the site are under way, with each home taking on average three days to complete.

The development marks the start of Karbon’s £131.5m strategic partnership with Homes England to develop 2,200 affordable homes across the North East and Yorkshire.

Phil Lacey, Yorkshire Development Manager at Karbon Homes, said: “We’re really pleased with how the Field Lane site is progressing and I’m really looking forward to seeing these innovative, affordable homes finished.

“We’re starting to use a lot more modern methods of construction to deliver our development programme, and the speed and quality of the work we’ve seen to date has been very encouraging. In a time where new affordable homes are in high demand, the ability to be able to deliver the same high quality homes but quicker, is a real plus for the region.”

Through the strategic partnership, Karbon has pledged to build a quarter of new homes using modern methods of construction (MMC).

The new homes will be off-gas and powered by air source heat pumps and the homes will also have charging points for electrical vehicles.

The main contractor Countryside is delivering the construction of the timber frames on site. External and internal stud walls, floor joists and roof trusses, all constructed off site, form the super-structure, which is then clad in brick to provide both weather protection and decoration.

Chris Penn, Managing Director, Yorkshire, Countryside, said: “The housing sector has an enormous role to play when it comes to reaching net zero targets. At Countryside we have long recognised that responsibility, which is why we have invested over £30million in our MMC offer. Every home we build in Yorkshire is made off site at our factory in Warrington, with each closed panel timber home emitting over 14,000 kg CO2e less than a traditional brick-and-block house.

“It is fantastic to be working with such a great partner in Karbon Homes at Field Lane – a partner who takes their sustainability responsibilities seriously. Together we have gone the extra mile to ensure that this 100% affordable development is fit for the future, creating a truly sustainable community where people will love to live.”

The homes are set to be completed in Summer 2023.

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