The UK Timber Frame Association used Ecobuild to put over its point that timber frame construction is in pole position in the race to build sustainable, affordable housing in the UK.

At a reception for architects and contractors, new chairman, Geoff Arnold of Pinewood Structures said that people “knew instinctively that timber frame is the most sustainable method of building”. The UKTFA could show them how to use it to best advantage.

“We have the tools to help architects, engineers and designers navigate the options to achieve high levels of thermal efficiency,” he said. “The route to genuine sustainbility is not through eco-bling. Getting the fabric right is the single most important place to start.”

On the UKTFA stand, membership manager Bob Davis was distributing its 2008 market review and highlighting the organisation’s role as source of technical information, pointing visitors to its websites where it now has a range of downloads on topics ranging from site safety to disproportionate collapse.

“Our role is to help drive the growth of timber frame – and as a result we’ve now got 280 full and 80 associate members and are adding about one a week,” he said.