Timber in loft conversions

Date Published

5 September 2022

Document Type




Timber can be used effectively in a variety of ways to improve the performance of any loft conversion. It can help to ensure compliance with Building Regulations for practical purposes such as energy-efficient thermal insulation, acoustic insulation and suitable access; and it can provide a pleasing aesthetic effect for any room in the roof.

A well-planned and well-executed loft conversion not only increases the living space, it can also enhance the appearance of a property by using the natural beauty of wood.

Key Information

This Choose and Use sheet gives an overview of some of the benefits of loft conversions, as well as some of the considerations which must be taken into account prior to installation.

Included in this sheet are details of how timber in a loft conversion can help with compliance to Building Regulations related to both acoustic and energy-efficient thermal insulation.

Case studies

Hardman Square Pavilion stands at the heart of Spinningfields, Manchester’s busy commercial district, yet this new building is utterly unlike the surrounding metallic and glass towers;
the structure is timber, an exposed glulam frame which is clad with timber weatherboards overlaid with planting.

The new Performing Arts Centre for Sevenoaks School sits on a beautiful sloping site overlooking Knole Park. It contains a concert hall large enough for a symphony orchestra, choir and an audience of 450, a recital room for 100, and a music school with 23 teaching spaces of various sizes, plus a new drama studio, with drama teaching and technical spaces.