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Sunday 11th May, 2014


In a year of few highlights for the Irish construction industry, the publication of I.S. 440 –‘Timber Frame Dwellings’ by the NSAI (National Standards Authority of Ireland), in association with the ITFMA and the Dept of the Environment, was hailed as a landmark event. Developed in response to the massive growth in popularity of timber frame housing in Ireland since the 1990s, the publication of the IS440 standard means that not only local authorities but anyone planning to build a timber frame dwelling now has an exacting Irish standard that they can refer to for setting tender packages and a benchmark to measure the quality of the tenders they receive.

I.S. 440 publication
Speaking at its publication Maurice Buckley, CEO, NSAI said: “The timber frame industry in Ireland has shown strength and resilience, despite these difficult economic times. When the upturn comes, timber frame construction will be presented with numerous opportunities. I believe that the new standard, the new building regulations and the need for sustainable buildings, among other factors, will encourage decisive changes in traditionally favoured construction methods and timber frame housing will be available to meet those demands.”

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, John Gormley TD said: “I am very pleased that one of the key recommendations of the Timber Frame Study, which was commissioned by my Department to develop an Irish Standard, has now been published. In view of the increase in timber frame construction, it is of the utmost importance that the standard is now available as it will provide valuable information to all players in the industry on timber frame construction.”
What I.S. 440 Timber Frame Dwellings covers
The IS 440 Timber Frame Dwellings Standard deals with domestic housing and apartments and specifies all the requirements which must be adhered to for

  • Materials
  • Design
  • Manufacture
  • Construction details
  • Site work
  • Quality control

It is an essential reference guide for anyone involved in specifying, manufacturing or building in timber frame.