What is the difference between a monolithic and a timber frame structure?
This is the first question which needs to be answered when getting acquainted with the HBE system. In this system the walls and ceilings are monolithic, homogeneous glulam components. They are characterized by high durability, fire resistance and functionality. On the other hand, a timber frame structure consists of walls made of beams placed usually every 60 cm, filled with an isolating material.
Once we know the difference we can appreciate the functionality of the HBE system. We would for example wish to hang a cupboard in the kitchen. In a HBE house we simply require an automatic screwdriver, a few screws, 3 minutes of work and the holding rail is attached to the wall. This process is not so easy in the case of a timber frame house – first we need to find the location of the load-bearing beams in the house’s architectural design (we cannot attach the rail to the plasterboard or thermal isolation), then we have to measure everything, drill holes and hope that we managed to fix the screws directly into the middle of the beams so that the cupboard’s holding rail would really hold. In the case of a traditional brick and concrete house we will also require a hammer drill, wall plugs and quite a lot of effort and time.