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Timber frame set to buck the trend

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TIMBER framed housing will continue to expand its market share despite the stagnating house market, according to house builders.

Forecasts by industry body the UK Timber Frame Association claimed that despite a predicted slow down in the total number of houses being built during 2005 and 2006 the construction method will continue to claw more market share from traditional techniques.

UKTFA chief executive Bryan Woodley said this is because of a strong social housing sector and its increasing use of modern methods of construction.

He said: 'A period of low or no growth predicted for the entire market actually conceals the significant changes in the market. There will continue to be a strong social housing sector and more use of modern methods of construction.' And he claimed that the dominance of the construction method in Scotland where it captures more than 65 per cent of the market for new build houses is set to transfer across into England and Wales.

Here latest figures show that timber frame homes now account for more than 10 per cent of new build.

Mr Woodley said: 'We believe that timber frame will command 23 per cent of the housing market by 2007.'