Different Construction Methods.


There are a variety of construction methods for houses and each may have their own advantages for the individual.  Listed below are some of the popular methods used in construction and some of the niche ones which are fairly new in comparison.


Traditional Method.

Most homes in England and Wales are built the traditional way by masonry construction.  Most of us view this method as the way to build a house and is the most popular in the UK.  A MORI poll carried out found that 61% of people would prefer their newly built property to be of a traditional block construction.

The second most popular method is timberframe and is the fastest growing method.  It was typically used in areas which had rich timber resources, such as North America and Scandinavia, however due to its green credentials it is becoming popular in the UK. 


Modern Methods of Construction.

These modern types of construction have really come into their own via the self builder.  The self builders tend to want to try alternative methods of construction to achieve their individual home.  Developers tend to stand by the proved methods which suited buyer demand.  Programmes such as Grand Designs have made these alternative construction methods available for the everyday self builder. 


The Government is encouraging modern methods of construction to keep developing due to the housing shortage in the UK and targets set by The Code for Sustainable Homes. 

Different methods are listed below:-

·         Structured Insulated Panels (or SIPS as they are more commonly known).

·         Steel Frame.

·         Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF).  Such as Beco Wallform Blocks.


Many of these different methods reduce construction time considerably on site as their manufacturing time is increased as they are constructed in a controlled factory environment. 


Some of the advantages are listed below:

1.       It reduces the effect that the weather has upon production on site.

2.       Reduces the impacts on the residents around the site.

3.       Fewer materials are delivered to the site and so the disruption is reduced.

4.       Construction times are reduced.

5.       Fewer defects occur.

6.       Normally a higher quality is produced.

7.       There is less energy used.

8.       There is less energy wasted.

9.       Labour requirements are reduced.

10.   Safety is improved.

11.   Better materials are used.

12.   Manufacture times are greatly reduced on site.


Below are the niche methods mentioned at the beginning:-

·         Straw Bale construction.

·         Cannabricks which are hemp based products.

·         Cordwood which are logs and masonry mortar.

·         Adobe.  This process mixes sand, clay, water and sticks and formed into blocks  for building,

·         Cob, similar to Adobe but applied wet rather than forming into blocks.

·         Log Cabin Homes.

·         Dome Houses.

·         There is a new type of construction method whereby the frame is made from waste plastic products which are recycled to      make solid plastic panels.  These blocks are then used for the construction of houses.

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