Timber framed house construction is growing at three times the rate of the rest of the housing market, according to research from the UK Timber Frame Association (UKTFA).
The proportion of timber frame houses has doubled to 20.5% of all new housing since 1999.The housing industry as a whole is growing at 3.5% - timber frames growing at 7.5% compared to the masonry methods, which grew by just 2.4%.UKTFA chief executive Bryan Woodley said: 'We expect timber frame housing to expand at about twice the rate of the average for the market, leading to further increases in market share in each of the years to 2009.'I think we'll see the highest growth in the social housing sector where timber frame is still expected to continue to outperform all other methods of construction. The recent huge surge in interest from the private housebuilders in low risk, cost effective ways of building zero carbon homes is also likely to enhance the timber frame industry's prospects in coming years,' he said.Provisional figures from UKTFA show that more than 51,700 timber frame housing and commercial units were built in 2006, up 8.1% on 2005. The value of the industry is also expected to have grown by 11% to £542M in 2006. A full report will be issued in the autumn.