Construction of houses

We build element houses to business clients, based on the client’s design. Element houses are manufactured as prefabricated elements of maximum readiness at the Timbeco factory and are installed on the construction site by the Timbeco installation team, if needed.

We can install finished windows, internal and external finishing, electrical accessories, etc. into the prefabricated elements. The prefabricated elements are up to 12 metres long and 2.8 metres high (even higher with special transportation).

We have a CE marking for the manufacturing of element houses and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System. The manufacturing and construction of Timbeco’s element houses follows the Norwegian (TEK10), Swedish (EUROCODE-5), Finnish (RYL, RT catalogues, EUROCODE-5) and UK construction rules and regulations.

Clients

We work with contractors (NCC, Peab, SRV), big and small construction companies, developers and retail sellers of houses. Our clients value us for the high quality of our element houses and for the complete service of manufacturing and installation of prefabricated element houses.


Advantages of having an element house be built by Timbeco

Detailed technical documentation

The construction of a high-quality element house starts from the design. Not all manufacturers of element houses can boast having an in-house design unit and a 3D design system. Timbeco can. The advantage of having an in-house design unit is close cooperation and communication between the production unit, designers and builders – all of which translates into a high-quality result. The advantage of 3D design is primarily in that the production drawings also serve as mounting instructions. See a sample design here.

Elementmaja_Pystituse juhis

Energy efficient junctions

The junction details of our prefab element houses are optimized based on energy calculations using the special-purpose Therm software system. This way, we have eliminated thermal bridges and increased the energy efficiency of our houses.

Extra rigid timber frame structure

Unlike most element house manufacturers, we use diagonals and tenons to add rigidity to prefabricated elements. Diagonals and tenons in the frames are made with the fully automated Hundegger K2 wood processing system. In addition to adding extra rigidity, the diagonals and tenons improve the structure’s load-bearing capacity in case of fire.

Valissein - diagonaalid Uuesalu

Element houses can be mounted in any weather

Timbeco packages the elements manufactured in the dry conditions of a factory in weatherproof plastic. Such weatherproof packaging is good in the mounting phase of the building as the plastic wrapping means that buildings can also be mounted in winter and in rain.

Experienced mounting team

Just as manufacturing, mounting element houses requires knowledge and experience. Years of experience, professional staff and direct communication between the mounting unit and the design and production units all contribute to the high-quality result.

Tried and true complete solutions

The airtightness of a building’s structure is demonstrated by pressure tests. Timbeco stands out among other manufacturers in that Timbeco’s structural solutions are tested with pressure tests. We use the Blower Door test where overpressure is created within the building and air exchange is measured. Such pressure tests provide us feedback about the effectiveness of the structural solution. They also assure the customer of the quality of the element house.

Factory-installed electrical accessories

We offer a maximum level of completeness for the prefabricated elements manufactured at our plant. This includes the installation of rigid piping and wiring devices needed for electrical wiring based on the electrical wiring project prepared by the client.

The wiring installed at the factory enables to cover the prefabricated walls as well as the interior wall elements with desired materials (boarding, plaster board, OSB, etc.) from both sides without having to remove them at the construction site for wiring. This is a huge time saver. It also means higher quality, since the cable management systems are carefully installed between wool layers without breaking the vapour control or wind barrier or squeezing or pressing the wool layer, which would cause damage to the structure’s insulation.

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Flexible production

We see our flexibility in production as one of our advantages over many other panel house manufacturers. This flexibility lies in the ability of our plant and equipment to produce prefabricated elements to the measurements and completeness required by the customer. In comparison, an automated production line for prefabricated elements is capable of only producing prefabricated elements with fixed dimensions, without taking into account the specifics of transportation or on-site conditions.

Production volume

Our production volume is about ten element houses in maximum completeness with all structures made of prefabricated elements per month. “One element house” here means a detached house with 120 m³ net floor space.

In square meters, our production volume is 15,000 m² of prefabricated elements per month. However, the volumes depend a lot on the complexity of the project, being higher for more simple designs and lower where the design is more complicated. If needed, we can increase the monthly volume to up to 20,000 m². It is our goal to increase the production volume of panel structures to 30,000 m² a month by 2020.

Fire resistance

It is often believed that wooden element houses are not as fire resistant as stone houses. But there are different methods to make wooden constructions just as fireproof as a stone house.

We use plaster- and cement boards to protect elements from fire. We also use fire-resistant paints and certified fire-resistant impregnation from different manufacturers (Holz Prof, Teknos, Dricon, etc.) Class A insulation materials are used that are fireproof and protect the timber from fire.

Loading in packages

We introduced the package method to facilitate the loading and unloading of panels. Depending on the measurements of the vehicle, several panels are packed together and lifted as one package. In addition to saving loading time, this method allows for easy on-site storage of the panels for the customer, as there is no need to build frames to keep the panels upright. Panels may be packaged so as to take into account the transport capacity or their mounting order.

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Our pressure test results

Passive house requirement for n₅₀ is less than 0,6 (1/h)

Building type Erecting year Project name Location n₅₀ (1/h)
Semi-detached house 2015 Ursvika NOR 0,29
Apartment building 2014 Lervig B8 NOR 0,58
Apartment building 2014 Prima Vista NOR 0,62
Semi-detached house 2014 Alasäterin A FIN 0,88
Semi-detached house 2014 Uuesalu Metssea 10 EST 0,73
Semi-detached house 2014 Uuesalu Metssea 16 EST 0,62
Detached house 2012 Villa Swing SWE 0,58

Ask for an offer

Rauno NõmmikoIMG_2936_Rauno
Sales engineer
tel: +372 6737 703

rauno[at]timbeco.ee





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