Knowledge base

We share our knowledge to help customers navigate the choices that have to be made when building a house and provide answers to frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions

Modular or volumetric element house construction is one of the prefabricated construction systems that produces volumetric parts of the house (modules) in the factory and ships them to the building site. ZTC produces buildings in panelized system which means that the building is prefabricated in wall, roof, floor elements that are delivered and assembled on site. Each timber frame house construction system has its pros and cons.

The building set is produced in Latvia and delivered to the construction site via road transport (and ship where necessary). As a rule of thumb a building kit for an outside finished house may require a truck for about every 30-40 m2 of floor. However this can vary a lot depending on how high thermal resistance requirements are for the building, type of siding, the complexity of architecture and other factors.

Find out more about prefab house delivery.

A standard scope of a project from ZTC includes:

  • Panelized building elements, siding and sheathing materials
  • Thermal insulation and other insulation materials
  • Roofing
  • Rain gutters and downpipes, external windowsills
  • Wooden windows and doors
  • Delivery
  • Installation

These are tailored to customer’s needs and interior finishing can be provided in some cases.

Production of a house includes development of production and installation designs which takes about 2 months for a single family house. When the design is finished it takes about a month to produce. The delivered building set is installed and finished from outside within a month. The overall timeline depends on the scheduling for each of these services and is agreed upon in the contract. Client’s circumstances such as building permissions from municipality often influence the project schedule.

Wood houses built by ZTC have a service life of at least 50 years. With proper care and maintenance the house will last for many generations.

The type of foundation is determined by the type of ground the house will be built. As wood houses are lighter in weight than masonry generally foundations for wood houses cost less. It is important for the foundation to be very level for the installation to go quickly and it wouldn’t require additional levelling work.

Yes, we simply require your architect to complete the full architectural drawings which we will then use to create your timber frame manufacturing drawings.

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